The Russian win was the largest margin of victory in an Olympic men's hockey tournament since Canada beat Austria 6-0 in 2014. "They played a hard, physical game and they were the better team tonight".
Having already given up a pair of goals to Prokhorkin, Zapolski let in a cheap goal with one second remaining in a second period in which the USA played the Russians largely even. The KHL isn't exactly a competitor for the NHL, but it's a good enough league (which pays enough money) that some players (predominantly from Russia) have passed up pursuing NHL careers to play there.
"I didn't like it", Granato said Saturday.
Britain's women curlers now have a 3-3 win-loss record and may need to win their next three games to make the semi-finals.
"It was a knuckle-puck and from a pretty long way away", said Zapolski, whom Granato confirmed would remain the USA starter moving forward.
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Jan Mursak who got two goals against the United States scored Slovenia's first goal off a pass from Miha Verlic in the second period. It's now a single-elimination tournament, and there's nothing - absolutely nothing - from the last week to indicate the Americans are on the verge of an incredible run. T.J. Oshie scored four goals on six shots in the shootout, including the victor, which is what Kovalchuk was referring to. The Russians should have just worn uniforms that read I WENT TO PYEONGCHANG AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY HOCKEY JERSEY. But Russia has useful players up and down its roster, nearly all of them from two KHL clubs: Moscow CSKA and SKA St. Petersburg.
The Russians allowed to participate in South Korea were subjected to what Olympics officials described as a rigorous testing regimen, and have found themselves under scrutiny from testers as the event has progressed. But it was the costly Kovalchuk goal with 0.2 seconds left in the second period that he wants back.
In addition to higher-quality shots and more bodies for goaltenders to see through, one key might be the Americans using their speed - feet and puck movement - against a big Slovakia team that may not be able to handle that.
Through two games, Zapolski has posted a save percentage of 91.5 and made 43 saves-which is tied for second among all goalies behind Norway's Lars Haugen. "I thought, you know, punch for punch we stuck with them". And it may have been because hours earlier, the U.S. Justice Department indicted 13 Russian nationals for tampering with the 2016 election.
On the other side of things, OAR looked to scored at will in a game where the score was dishonest.
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