Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/17/14 at 06:07 PM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday chimed in on the national debate surrounding his country's disallowed goal against the United States in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, saying it was a mistake by the referee.
With five minutes to go before the final buzzer Sunday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the score at 2-2, Russian defenseman Fedor Tyutin thumped a slapshot from near the boards that flew into the net.
However, the officials ruled it out because the goal had been moved off its moorings by around one centimeter in a previous attack....
"Even referees sometimes makes mistakes, here I wouldn't tar anybody with any brush, but I thought that we would win by a big margin," Putin said.
"You and I shouldn't forget that sport isn't only about skill but also about the athletes' courage, and even a good slice of luck."
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