Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/14/07 at 06:03 PM ET
from Reuters via the Moscow Times,
The Russians were left licking their wounds once their dream of winning gold on home ice was shattered with a 2-1 semifinal defeat by Finland in overtime on Saturday.
“Suicide!” blared a front-page headline in the leading sports daily Sport-Express on Monday.
“Finnish woodcutters destroyed the Russian Dream Team,” wrote Komsomolskaya Pravda.
It was the country’s first ever World Championship defeat in Moscow, which was hosting its fifth tournament since the competition began in 1957.
Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov said it was a case of bad luck: “It was just an accident,” he said after his side beat Sweden 3-1 in a consolation game for third place Sunday to salvage some pride.
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