Russians still looking to hit stride
VANCOUVER (CP) — The Russians haven’t exactly been steamrolling their Olympic competition either.
Heading into today’s quarterfinal game against Team Canada, there are questions in the Russian camp about chemistry and form. Even after a 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic to wrap up the preliminary round Sunday, many of the players indicated they weren’t satisfied with the team’s overall performance.
“It’s really too early to make any decisions, any conclusions,” said goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who will start in net against Team Canada. “ We have to put together a good game.”
There is a similar feeling around the Canadian team as it heads into a must-win game against its traditional international hockey rival, setting up a compelling matchup. Once goldmedal co-favourites, only one of the countries will have a chance to play for a medal here.
Just like Canada, Russia had one loss in the preliminary round (a 2-1 shootout defeat to Slovakia) and now faces a tough road to the final.