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by George Malik on 02/16/14 at 11:18 AM ET
Updated 4x at 2:27 PM: This is slightly-edited Google-translated Russian from Sport-Express's Artem Agapov, but you've got to admit that Pavel Datsyuk's still got the one-liner magic going, as quoted after Russia took a 1-0 shootout decision over Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco's Slovaks:
Q: You couldn't score even on the power play. Maybe you should change something?
Datsyuk: We will work on this, thanks for the help.
Q. So why couldn't you score at least one goal?
Datsyuk: We probably didn't have a clear head. Also, we weren't at peace, cold hearts. We had a very emotional game yesterday, everyone wanted to score and made the wrong decisions.
Q. Another game, qualifying round--for the right to play in the quarterfinals. Is this good or bad?
Datsyuk: Well I can't say anything about that. Now we'll go rest, ask me again after.
Q. Why did you wait to see how the Slovaks played?
Datsyuk: I suggest they sat back on defense and caught us on the counterattack.
Q. Today, they played their best game in Sochi...
Datsyuk: I haven't watched them before, so you know better.
Q. How do you feel?
Datsyuk: Thanks be to God...Thank you for this experience.
(i.e. "I ain't tellin' you shit.")
Slovak forward Tomas Tatar commented on the outcome of the game against Russia (0-1 in a shootout) at the Olympic games in Sochi.
"We played too wide-open hockey. Now things are better, even though we lost. This kind of system brought us a silver in Helsinki (at the World Championships in 2012, when the Slovaks took silver-editor's note). The Russians dominated but Laco was gorgeous. I aplogize that I didn't score. The way we played against Russia, we showed that we are ready to fight," Tatar is quoted by the publication Pravda.
Slovakia striker Tomas Tatar commented on the outcome of the match against Russia (0-1 Blvd.) At the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Here's the plain Google version of Tatar directly quoted by Pravda:
Tomas Tatar (Forward, Slovak Republic): "Everyone before the game entered the conscience, it is cool that we have thus rallied. We played far too openly, now they feel better, even if we ultimately lost. Such a game system has brought us a silver success in Helsinki. Russians had predominance, but Jano fielded perfectly. I raid did not work, I'm sorry I did not pick up the puck. Perhaps it would help me a goal to get into being, but it is not excluded that in other matches to come another opportunity in the shootout. Match against the Czechs advance to the finals will be great prestige, overcome it, the brothers' would be great. Waiting for us as a combat belt. Performance against Russia we encourage others to fight. "
Here's a bit more as the Olympic News Service is apparently starting to release quotes:
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