Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
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Ilya Kovalchuk scores twice as Russians outclass US

Ilya Kovalchuk scores twice as Russians outclass US

The Russians scored four times in 12 minutes during the second period on goals by Alexander Barabanov, Ilya Kablukov, Kaprizov and Kovalchuk. The US was very active in that first period - moving to the second - no goals from either team.

While US coach Tony Granato played down any "Miracle on Ice" repeat talk, there were echoes of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic upset of the Soviet Union by a collection of US amateurs.

A win against Russian Federation on Saturday would assure the USA of the top spot in pool play and a first-round bye for the qualifying round. In the first period, there were two large banners depicting the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin and messages of support for the country's hockey team. "I think they realize they were in a pretty good fight out there".

Led by the 44-year-old Valila, the Finns jumped on the Swedes by scoring three goals in the first and never trailing.

And Ryan, who also goes to Harvard and has been signed by the Bruins, asked for his dad's advice before heading to South Korea where he netted two powerplay goals to lift his team to a 2-1 win over Slovakia in preliminary round play.

The team, officially competing as "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", scored twice on the power play after failing to do so in the opening game.

Entering the game, the Russians looked as if they had better players than the USA, and that showed in each team's final preliminary-round game.

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.

If the Americans win, they will top the group with seven points and if they lose they could drop to third.

Note that a full schedule in all sports on all days of the Olympic games-2018 is available on our website. "We're focused on the things that we can control, and certainly those games that we've played in the past have nothing to do with our future". "We wanted to get in on the forecheck and wear them down". Koshechkin stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament, and the Russians flexed their muscles offensively.

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.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - The Americans and Canadians pushed, shoved and grabbed each other, sometimes from behind, sometimes mask to mask, and bodies were crashing to the ice repeatedly in front of the net.

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