Sunday, May 18, 2008

2008 world championship
Russia gets gold

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his second goal of the game in overtime Sunday as Russia beat Canada 5-4 to capture the country's first gold medal at the event since 1993. A year earlier, O' Canada! was played at Khodynka Arena in Moscow, and this time it was the Russians that got to sing their national anthem at Le Colisée Pepsi.

Canada took a 4-2 lead into the third period but couldn't hold off the skilled Russians. Alexei Tereshchenko and Kovalchuk scored to tie it, setting the stage for the dramatic overtime winner.
A tough break for Rick Nash, who was in the box on the winner after putting the puck over the glass and getting a penalty in overtime.

There's no shame in silver, but this was Canada's game to lose.

(As an aside, my there's a lot of hockey being played today.)

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At 4:35 p.m., May 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kovalchuk got Canadian citizenship a couple of years ago. Canadian beats Canada....

At 4:39 p.m., May 18, 2008, Blogger Scarlett said...

Cam Ward was a big bag of suck from the third period on. Yes, this was Canada's game to lose and they sure did!

At 4:49 p.m., May 18, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

How on earth could Kovalchuk have Canadian citizenship? He's a Russian working and living in the U.S.

At 5:22 p.m., May 18, 2008, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

Canada sat back too much in the third and the Russians just pressed hard and really seemed to want it more. This Russian team was the most focused and hard-working I can remember in some time.

I guess we can't hog all the gold.

At 6:12 p.m., May 18, 2008, Blogger therealdeal said...

Russia just outplayed us, I wouldn't lay this loss on the feet of one guy. They did just about everything well and I say congrats. Hard loss to take as a fan though.

At 9:51 p.m., May 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kovalchuk doesn't have either Canadian or American citizenship. My brother Anonymous has been drinking all day...

I think Igor Kravchuk might have gotten Canadian citizenship few years back. Close enough, bro.

At 1:10 a.m., May 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kravchuk would definitely have made a difference.

At 7:32 a.m., May 19, 2008, Blogger C. said...

Ponikarovsky also got Canadian citizenship... last summer.

He's even been heard to joke that now he can play for the Canadian National team!


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