Russian athlete fails doping test at Olympics

More than 160 Russian athletes who could prove they were clean from doping are competing in a Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team after the nation was banned from the Games because of state-sponsored doping leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

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. More to the point, it ended any illusion that this US team, bless their hearts, is a threat to do anything significant at these Olympics.

Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov led the way Friday with a hat trick in an 8-2 rout of Slovenia as the Russians rebounded from a surprising 3-2 loss to Slovakia in their opener. "It went back and forth at a pretty good pace".

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.

That firepower will be tough to tame, but the US should remain confident based on the way netminder Ryan Zapolski has performed to this point in the competition.

"It was intense. It was intense right from the puck drop", American defenseman Jonathon Blum said.

While shots on goal in the first were relatively close, 13-11 in OAR's favor, a 19-15 margin in faceoff wins gave the Russians the edge.

There is a pretty simple reason for this, and it's not just that the USA won the gold medal.

The coach of the USA men's hockey team Tony Granato was so mad over Saturday's defeat he refused to shake hands with Oleg Znarok, the coach of the Russian team.

"We will know whether we will have our flag at the closing ceremony on February 24". "I think we've had a lot of point shots, a lot of shots from outside and goalies in this tournament are going to be too good to beat them there". I'd like to play this team again sometime.

The U.S. rarely generated the kind of quality scoring chances against Vasily Koshechkin that the Russians did around Zapolski, who played all three preliminary-round games. That's not to say that the current team is somehow out of shape - it's just old.

Prokhorkin added another when he snapped a wrister over Zapolski's glove at 2:14 of the second period.

The scoreboard said otherwise, of course.

"The atmosphere was great". He didn't want to let me go. "It was an National Hockey League pace that's for sure".

During these fights fans across the bar chanted, U-S-A, U-S-A.

"It did not seem that the Americans were playing dirty today, it was [ice] hockey, they played as they always do, in the body", Kovalchuk told TASS, Russia's official state news agency, afterwards. Adam is an Army soldier stationed in Seoul.

  • Julie Sanders