Russians rout USA 4-0 in men's hockey

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk

That's where the similarities end. It certainly helps that the Olympic format means no team gets eliminated after pool play, though it doesn't hurt that the US dominated play for the first two periods against Slovenia before the mix of sitting on the lead and running out of gas proved costly.

Two Olympic hockey Goliaths were taken to their knees in the first day of men's play in Gangneung, as the odds-on favourite to win gold (Russia) and the United States were toppled during the event's first two preliminary contests on Wednesday. Borgen could make his Olympic debut against Russian Federation. Overall, I liked the way we played. Kovalchuk said. "So hopefully you're going to change that now".

Russians Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Slava Voynov and US coach Tony Granato are the only people back from that game, which had higher stakes because of the National Hockey League talent.

With eight career wins in Olympic competition, Schelling now is the winningest goaltender in the history of the women's tournament.

The U.S. will regret several missed opportunities, most notably Brian Gionta's failed breakaway attempt midway through the middle frame and Ryan Donato's wrist shot that rang off the crossbar.

Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov assisted on the play. Ziga Pance scored their second with under a minute left.

The U.S. faces Slovakia next in a 9:10 p.m. CST start Thursday. They're a really good team. "Good players are able to score goals like that, and those are some of their better players so they found a way to score".

This night lacked the tense political subtext of the Cold War from the teams' 1980 meeting and the pomp and circumstance of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending and the pressure on the home team in Sochi in 2014, but it had the same kind of in-arena atmosphere.

After a stunning opening loss to Slovakia, Kiril Kaprizov scored a hat-trick as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation stormed back on Friday to crush Slovenia 8-2 and set up a key group game against the United States in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

US captain Brian Gionta missed a chance to bring the USA back to within one on a breakaway in the second period.

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Slovenia opened the scoring when Blaz Gregorc whistled a shot from the blue line past Branislav Konrad just one minute into the second period.

"He didn't want to let go of me", Greenway said. "We took a step forward today and we look forward to our game tomorrow night".

"Against US, we just worked hard and played as team and it was enough, but here the players were a lot more skilled", he said.

The United States and Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation rebounded from upset losses with men's hockey triumphs Friday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, adding to the tension of their Saturday showdown. Before a boisterous crowd waving Russian flags, the Russians beat the US 4-0 in the final game of pool play at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Russian goaltender Vasili Koshechkin made 29 saves in the shutout.

"We know theyll be at their best", Granato said.

"If you try to play safe, you're dead". They sure didn't think the game was as lopsided as the score. "First game we played five minutes". "I was really happy with the effort and the confidence that we gained in knowing that we could play with them". "Once they got a feeling they could score they pretty much outplayed us bad", he said.

On this stage, the result is all that matters.

Then, Kovalchuk hammered a slap shot with.2 seconds remaining in the middle frame to extend OAR's lead to three and prevent the USA from mounting any sort of comeback.

NOTES: Defensemen Matt Gilroy and Noah Welch wore the "As" as alternate captains. "They are a hell of a team".

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