Russia loses to Finland, is eliminated from Olympic hockey contention
Olympics, Winter

Finland 3, Russia 1: The Russian hockey team is eliminated in Sochi

2/19/14 in Olympics, Winter   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Russia loses to Finland, is eliminated from Olympic hockey contentionThe Russians obviously had high hopes for their hockey team while hosting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. There were definitely medal hopes for the stacked Russian team, which featured stars like Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Semin, Yevgeni Malkin and more.

After their quarterfinal matchup loss to Finland, they're done. Finished. Kaput.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask shut down the Russians, allowing only one goal on 38 shots.

Teemu Selanne, Juhamatti Aaltonen and Mikael Granlund scored the goals for Finland, putting the nail in the Russian coffin.

Here's a post-game interview of a dejected Ovechkin:



Video hat tip to Guyism
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3/1/14   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Debi_L wrote:
They managed to get a gold winning team together before.  The "Miracle on Ice" shows how it was done before the pros were allowed, and it could be a measure for every country to follow.  

I know the NHL wants to protect their assets (players) and that is why the elimination of pros from the Olympics is being discussed, but for me, it's all about the Olympics being for the amateurs.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally. Regardless that still doesn't change the fact that an amateur team would have the same challenges as the pros do as far as developing team chemistry.

2/23/14   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Gazzo wrote:
Only problem with that theory is the US team would be composed of primarily College players from around the country. No way to put them together to practice as a team before the games begin for any decent amount of time. They can't just take a two month break from school.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally. Regardless that still doesn't change the fact that an amateur team would have the same challenges as the pros do as far as developing team chemistry.

2/23/14   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

Gazzo wrote:
Only problem with that theory is the US team would be composed of primarily College players from around the country. No way to put them together to practice as a team before the games begin for any decent amount of time. They can't just take a two month break from school.

They managed to get a gold winning team together before.  The "Miracle on Ice" shows how it was done before the pros were allowed, and it could be a measure for every country to follow.  

I know the NHL wants to protect their assets (players) and that is why the elimination of pros from the Olympics is being discussed, but for me, it's all about the Olympics being for the amateurs.

2/22/14   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Debi_L wrote:
As Stoney says, you can't expect even the best players in the world to automatically know how to play with a bunch of other "best players in the world" when you have an individualistic attitude.  Just another reason why I don't agree with the NHL players playing in the Olympics.  I would far rather see some of the best amateurs Russia has to offer, playing against the best amateurs the rest of the world has to offer, with practice time as a team before the games begin. 
Now that would be Olympic hockey!

Only problem with that theory is the US team would be composed of primarily College players from around the country. No way to put them together to practice as a team before the games begin for any decent amount of time. They can't just take a two month break from school.

2/19/14   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

As Stoney says, you can't expect even the best players in the world to automatically know how to play with a bunch of other "best players in the world" when you have an individualistic attitude.  Just another reason why I don't agree with the NHL players playing in the Olympics.  I would far rather see some of the best amateurs Russia has to offer, playing against the best amateurs the rest of the world has to offer, with practice time as a team before the games begin. 
Now that would be Olympic hockey!

2/19/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25160 respect

The Russian team fell victim to the things many analysts thought they may at the beginning of the tournament. They didn't play well as a group and even when you have some of the best players in the world, when you're playing other all-star teams you can't rely on the trademarked Russian individual-first mentality. I do feel bad for Varly getting pulled in the 2nd today, it wasn't all him. Hopefully that doesn't affect him when he returns to the Avs