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USA Defeats Russia 8-3 In WC Quarter-Final Game

from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,

Craig Smith had five assists, while team captain Paul Stastny scored two and added two assists, and John Gibson made 31 saves for the Americans. The 19-year-old, who led the U.S. to World Junior gold in January, came to Helsinki with only one professional game (for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals) under his belt.

Alexander Ovechkin, who arrived yesterday, scored one and added an assist for Russia. He was selected as best player for his team.

"The team that was more disciplined and better organized won today. We have very good players, but you have to remember that hockey is a team game," Russia's coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said.

"We are where we wanted to be coming into this tournament," said the USA's Stephen Gionta. "We took care of what we had to to, and we got some bounces our way, which is always nice."

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awould's avatar


Posted by awould on 05/16/13 at 11:19 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I watch some of the WC’s because it’s live hockey, in the morning.  But the truth is I could care less how USA or anyone does.

The tourney is fun in that you get to see some lesser-known names from other countries, but the fact is you’re not seeing anywhere near the cream.  So aside from lining the IIHF’s pockets (and not from the gates, as the SUI-CZE game showed with maybe 100 people in attendance if they were lucky, but from TV broadcast revenue), the WC’s serve no purpose at all.  And I feel dirty even watching just from a “Hockey!” perspective.

Posted by Primis on 05/16/13 at 12:05 PM ET

LumberingD's avatar

This would seem impressive, that is until you note the France beat Russia in this years tournament.  France usually just surrenders so Russia must be really bad this year.

Posted by LumberingD on 05/16/13 at 12:44 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Aside from the meaninglessness of the tournament, Gibson has been impressive, and has carried his game over well from the Under 20’s tourney where he dominated.  Who knows what he’ll look like against full on NHL talent on a smaller rink, but he hasn’t disappointed so far in international play.

Crappy part is, I think he’s a Mighty Fuchs prospect.  Maybe he’ll realize what a joke of an organization they have there and defect, like Schultz.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/17/13 at 10:05 AM ET

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