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Top 5 reasons why Russia failed at the Olympics

Top 5 reasons why Russia failed at the Olympics

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Top 5 reasons why Russia failed at the Olympics (Photo © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) With the early quarterfinals exit, Team Russia set a new negative record as this was the worse Olympic outcome in their history. Since the first participation, 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy, Russia never had such a poor result. Team Russia's roster was, on paper, the tournament's finest, but they couldn't live up to the expectations, even in the round robin, which Bykov's team ended with two wins and one loss, which determined the pairing with Canada. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you top five reasons why Russia failed at 2010 Olympics. Reason 5: Underestimation of the opponents If someone remembers well, we used this reason also for the WJC failure article. While this was not the case in the quarterfi...
Vyacheslav Bykov: “Yeah, let’s bring gibbets and kill Team Russia on the Red Square”

Vyacheslav Bykov: “Yeah, let’s bring gibbets and kill Team Russia on the Red Square”

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Vyacheslav Bykov: "Yeah, let's bring gibbets and kill Team Russia on the Red Square" (Photo © sportbox.ru) Team Russia coach, Vyacheslav Bykov, gave an interview to Sovetskiy Sport where he talked about the quarterfinal game between Russia and Canada. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Bykov: "I would like to congratulate Canada with this victory. Unfortunately, the Olympic Games are over for us. I would like apologize to our fans. Today we faced a very strong team. We couldn't get out of their pressure since the very beginning. It was really hard. We tried different variants to change the game and move it to the opponent's zone, but we failed. Canada demonstrated very interesting hockey. It was a pleasure to watch them, and I can't say the same about our team." - Maybe the r...
Canada defeats Russia 7-3

Canada defeats Russia 7-3

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Canada defeats Russia 7-3 (Photo © Alex Livesey/Getty Images) Team Russia lost 7-3 to Team Canada in the 2010 Olympic Tournament's quarterfinal. A goal by Ryan Getzlaf gave the Canadians an early lead. Team Russia didn't use a powerplay chance and Dan Boyle made it a 2-0 game at the twelfth. Rick Nash scored the 3-0 goal some seconds later with a quick counterattack. But the Russians didn't give up and with a blue line shot by Dmitriy Kalinin cut down Canada's lead after fourteen minutes. After a good scoring chance wasted by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brendan Morrow restore Team Canada's three-goal lead with less than two minutes to go in the first period. In the second period Canada scored two quick goals with Corey Perry and Shea Weber, and Bykov decided to bench Nabokov in favor of Ilya Bryzgalo...
Vladislav Tretiak: “Nabokov will start in the quarterfinal”

Vladislav Tretiak: “Nabokov will start in the quarterfinal”

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Vladislav Tretiak: "Nabokov will start in the quarterfinal" (Photo © Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press) Team Russia's general manager at the Olympic Games, Vladislav Tretiak, gave an interview to Vitaliy Slavin of SovSport. Tretiak talked about the canceled practice on Monday, seriousness of Sergei Zinoviev's injury and the players' thoughts on a possible Russia-Canada quarterfinal. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. - Why did you cancel a practice on Monday? Tretiak: "The coaches decided to give the players time to recover. The ice practice was optional and nobody wanted to skate. Everyone went to the gym and rode bikes. By the way, we are not the only team to cancel a practice. The Americans and Swedes also did it." - But Team Canada practiced. And what an intense practi...
Ovechkin, Gonchar, Kovalchuk, Volchenkov talk about Czech Republic, hit on Jagr

Ovechkin, Gonchar, Kovalchuk, Volchenkov talk about Czech Republic, hit on Jagr

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Ovechkin, Gonchar, Kovalchuk, Volchenkov talk about Czech Republic, hit on Jagr (Photo © Alex Livesey/Getty Images) After the 4-2 victory against Czech Republic many players agreed that the Ovechkin hit on Jagr turned the momentum in Russia's favor. Team Russia players felt that this was the key event of the game and it helped their team getting the edge over Czech Republic. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of short quotes taken right after the game from Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeny Nabokov, Alexander Ovechkin and Anton Volchenkov. "Ovechkin has a very good physical play, that's why he always tries to pressure the opponents", Sergei Gonchar told Sport-Express. "Successful actions are always reflected to the team's morale. This was the case of today's game. I think ...
Alexander Ovechkin: “Jagr made a move to my side and I just hit him”

Alexander Ovechkin: “Jagr made a move to my side and I just hit him”

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Alexander Ovechkin: "Jagr made a move to my side and I just hit him" (Photo © Gene J. Puskar, AP) Team Russia forward Alexander Ovechkin commented on his hit on Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic in a game between Russia and Czech Republic at the Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver. "I see him coming and my first reaction was to play the puck," Ovechkin said to NHL.com . "He made a move to my side and I just hit him." Alexander Ovechkin switched the moment in favor of Russia with a bone crushing, open ice hit on Jaromir Jagr in the first few minutes of the final stanza. The puck then ended up on Alexander Semin's stick, who served Evgeni Malkin with a great cross ice pass. Malkin one-timed the puck in for the game winning goal in Russia's 4-2 win over Czech Republic. Ovechkin told R...
Russia defeats Czech Republic 4-2

Russia defeats Czech Republic 4-2

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Russia defeats Czech Republic 4-2 (Photo © REUTERS/ Scott Audette) In the round robin's last game Team Russia defeated Team Czech Republic 4-2 and got a bye to the quarterfinals as they finished the Group B on the top of the standings with seven points against Czech Republic's six, Slovakia's five and Latvia's zero. Team Russia's first game of the medal round is scheduled for wednesday. During the first period of the game the teams are still 0-0. Alexander Ovechkin had a couple of good chances, but Tomas Vokoun saved both attempts. Later on the Russians wasted a powerplay opportunity. At the fifteenth minute Evgeni Malkin scored the 1-0 goal for Russia tapping in a rebound after a shot from the point by Sergei Gonchar. At the end of the first period the Czechs tied it up with Tomas Plekan...
2010 Olympics: Russia – Czech Republic preview

2010 Olympics: Russia – Czech Republic preview

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2010 Olympics: Russia - Czech Republic preview (Photo © Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Team Russia's opponent in the third round robin match of the 2010 Olympic Tournament will be team Czech Republic. The Czechs, lead by the evergreen Jaromir Jagr, feature a very good lineup with plenty of NHL caliber players. Russia has to skate past Czech Republic in order to secure the first seed in the Group B and get a bye into the quarterfinals. The Czechs are on the top of the standings with six points in two games. The Slovaks follow with five points, but they played three games. Team Russia will try hard to put the 1-2 defeat against Slovakia in the past. "It's always tough to lose, but it's good to have it happen now in the tournament," Alexander Ovechkin told espn.com. Most likely team Russia's li...
Olympics: Ilya Kovalchuk: “At the Olympics you should shove your ‘I’ up a certain place”

Olympics: Ilya Kovalchuk: “At the Olympics you should shove your ‘I’ up a certain place”

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Ilya Kovalchuk: "At the Olympics you should shove your 'I' up a certain place" (Photo © Bruce Bennet/Getty Images) Ilya Kovalchuk talked about the bad powerplay of team Russia in the 2010 Olympic Hockey Tournament, the changes that the team will undergo for the next game against Czech Republic and his ice time in an interview to the Russian newspaper Sovietskiy Sport. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. - The coaches created "the great line", made up of Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Semin, Malkin, Gonchar. But it didn't work out well. Why this line failed in playing simple hockey? Kovalchuk: "It's not enough to create 'the great line', you have to work on the ice. We try hard to improve the powerplay during the practices. We get so many penalties in our favor, they must be used better....
Team Russia latest news: Fedorov misses practice, Kovalchuk out of Malkin’s line, Nabokov to start against Czechs

Team Russia latest news: Fedorov misses practice, Kovalchuk out of Malkin’s line, Nabokov to start against Czechs

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Team Russia latest news: Fedorov misses practice, Kovalchuk out of Malkin's line, Nabokov to start against Czechs (Photo © Shaun Best, Reuters) Here is the latest news from the Russian team at the Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver. Evgeny Nabokov will start in the game against the Czech Republic Igor Zakharkin, Russian coach to Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport: "We think that with Nabokov in the net our players feel more confident." Sergei Fedorov missed a practice Zakharkin: "Fedorov has an individual program. But he's alright, there is no injury." New lines in the game against the Czech Republic Zakharkin: "Maybe we are going to swap the center forwards. We think that Kovalchuk's efficiency should be higher. We remember what chemistry Malkin and Kovalchuk had at the World Championship 2008, but...