Russia Survives Against North America

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After last night’s letdown against the Swedes, Team Russia had little chance to sulk. Partially in part to a literal rude awakening at the hotel, but also because the young guns of North America awaited mere hours later. What Russia would come out after coming so close to clawing their way against a strong Swedish team versus a team that has existed for a good two weeks? It looked to be more of the same from Sunday, as again Russia allowed the first goal after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel made Pavel Datsyuk and the D corps look pedestrian for the quick lead. Russia would get numerous chances on the man advantage but could barely muster any sort of offense as that “here we go again” feeling slowly crept into everyones head.
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Russia Stumbles Out of the World Cup Gates

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Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey campaign started much like their last campaign ended, all guts and no glory. Twelve years have passed since Russia couldn’t beat the USA in the quarterfinals back in 2004 and if their effort against Sweden earlier today was any indication, they won’t be beating anyone anytime soon. A team that is so rich with offensive talent that is filled with Rocket Richard, Selkie, Conn Smythe, Hart and even Veznina trophy winners can never hit its stride on the international level.
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Russia Win Gold in Minsk

After failing to win any silverware in 2013 in Sweden and on home ice in Sochi, Team Russia came to Belarus with a new attitude. Their last coach was gone and their new coach preached a defensive style of play, the result? Russia dominated competition at the 2014 Men’s World Championships allowing the fewest goals against and scoring the most goals for as their undefeated run resulted in gold medal with a dominating 5-2 victory over the pesky Finns.
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Russia Announces Roster for 2014 IIHF World Championship

A new era of Russian hockey gets underway tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus as new head coach Oleg Znarok takes his shot at restoring pride in the Russian hockey program after an embarrassing exit in Sochi. Znarok has only brought back seven Olympians for the Men’s Worlds with the rest making their senior level debuts. Russia open up against Switzerland tomorrow before facing off against Finland, USA, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Germany, and Belarus. Having failed to medal last year, the new look team will hope to find the spark that was missing in Sochi. Will the likes of Ovechkin carry the team this time around? Have a look at the roster below and decide for yourself.
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