Which Russian NHL’er Will Have the Worst Olympic Hangover?

(courtesy of Mark Humphrey)

The Sochi games have come and gone. Dreams were broken, bears cried, and one of the tournaments favorites fell flat on their faces, again. The focus now shifts back to the remainder of the NHL season as teams attempt to make a push for the post season in search of Lord Stanley’s mug.
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Russia Finn-ished in Sochi

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Russia Cruise Past Norway En Route to Quarterfinals

(photo courtesy of RIA Novosti)

After not being able to score until the shootout against the Slovaks, Russia finally found their offensive spark against the lowly Norewegians in Tuesday’s qualification match-up. For much of the first period Russia looked hardly the offensive juggernaut that they are on paper as Norway matched them stride for stride.

Even on the man-advantage, Russia’s Achilles heel so far this tournament, the team could not get much going as the home crowd were treated to another unenthused performance.
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Russia Go The Distance With Slovakia, Win in Shootout

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Following their heartbreaking loss to the US on Saturday, Russia faced off against a win-less Slovakia needing to win in regulation in order to get a bye to the quarter finals. Whether it was fatigue or lack of enthusiasm or both, Sbornya came out rather flat against a Slovakian team who had lost to newcomer Slovenia the night before.
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Russia Shown the Osh-Face by America; Fall in Shootout

(courtesy of Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)

The most highly anticipated match up of the preliminary round between Russia and Team USA was one for the ages, my blood pressure can attest to that. The game featured everything you’d want to see in a hockey fixture whether it be drama, heartbreak, and jubilation. Unfortunately for Russia today was not their day following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Yanks.

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Russia Powers Through Spunky Slovenians in Sochi

(photo courtesy of RIA Novosti)

The moment had finally arrived for Russia’s national hockey team as the crown jewel of the Olympics got under way for the home team. Chants of “Russia!, Russia!” echoed throughout the arena even before puck drop as the quest for gold was imminent. The pressure, intensity, and hype was answered within 77 seconds of the teams’ opening game with the poster boy of the NHL and Russia, Alexander Ovechkin, roofing a laser wrist shot into Slovenia’s net to send the crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome into a frenzy.
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Alex Semin Added to Sochi Roster; All Seems RIght With the World

Earlier this week the Russian hockey federation announced it would be replacing Dynamo Moscow winger Sergei Soin with perhaps the biggest snub of any Olympic roster, Carolina’s Alexander Semin. The 29-year-old winger was initially held of the 25-man squad giving way to rumors to a possible personal issue with head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov causing his omission.
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Diving into Russia’s Olympic Roster

Earlier this week, the Russian hockey federation released the 25-man Olympic roster that will represent the home team in Sochi. While the team sheet reads as you expect it, there was some very peculiar decisions made by management, let’s take a look shall we?
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“is party time now?” Projecting the 2014 Russian Olympic Team

 

Apparently, yesterday was the day all of hockey’s media decided to begin their predictions for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. From ESPN to Yahoo, both the USA and Canada has been the talk of the best international hockey tournament on the globe. Luckily, no one is yet talking about the hosts, the best national team in the sport, and the reason you all read this site.
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