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Men’s Hockey - The Best And Worst From Sochi

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Here's a look at some of the highs and lows of the tournament:

Biggest Bust (team) -- Russia

The host nation didn't necessarily wilt under the pressure of playing on home ice, but had a game plan ill-equipped to face the international competition.

Defensively, the Russians were a disaster, shocking really given the demands of that aspect of the game on the bigger ice surface. Offensively, there was little relief either as Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Russian snipers.

Not that the Russians have been a force in recent years, but Sochi was supposed to be a chance to change those fortunes. Instead, the Russians bowed out in the quarterfinal. The scene following that lose was wild as Russian reporters lashed out at the coach and players.

Players of the Tournament

1. Erik Karlsson

The Swedish defenceman, so familiar to Ottawa Senators fans, has been a standout from the outset, a big part of his country's surge to the gold medal date with Canada....

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awould's avatar

The Russian collapse will be what is most remembered from this tournament, for a long long time.

Posted by awould on 02/22/14 at 06:10 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Offensively, there was little relief either as Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Russian snipers.

As Ovechkin, Malkin and the rest did what?

The scene following that lose was wild as Russian reporters lashed out at the coach and players.

It’s kind of hard to take a writer’s opinion seriously when he writes this poorly.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/22/14 at 07:41 PM ET

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