Wrong start for Russia’s ice hockey cracks
The men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament has its first surprise. The Sbornaja is subject to Slovakia. The USA is also making a false start.
Russia’s old stars Pavel Dazyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk made a bad start on their gold mission in the Olympic ice hockey tournament in Pyeongchang. The Sbornaja, who have to compete in neutral jerseys and under the Olympic flag at the Winter Games in Sochi, lost their first group B preliminary round match surprisingly against Slovakia 2:3 (2:2,0:0,0:1).
The record world champion had also won his eighth and last Olympic gold medal in 1992 under the sign of the five rings – after the collapse of the Soviet Union as a united team. Group opponents USA were also defeated by the blatant underdog Slovenia 2-3 (1-0,1-0,0-0,0-2,0-1) after extra time.
Dazjuk and Co. The stadium spokesman in the Gangneung Hockey Centre announced her as a “Olympic athlete from Russia” as prescribed, and her goals featured the 60s hit “Those Were the Days”, the melody of which goes back to a Russian folk song (SERVICE: Der Olympia-Zeitplan).
The approximately 1000 fans of the Sbornaja did not let themselves be impressed by the Olympic spell: numerous national flags and jerseys dived the ranks in white, blue and red,”Rossija”-calls rang through the arena.
Wladislaw Gawrikow (3rd) and Kirill Kaprisov (5th) brought the Sbornaja quickly into the lead. But Peter Olvecky (17th), Martin Bakos (18th) and Peter Ceresnak (49th) turned the game around. Due to the NHL cancellation, coach Oleg Snarok had his team almost exclusively from the two KHL clubs CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg.
Dazjuk, who finished his NHL career in 2016 after 1110 games and two Stanley Cup triumphs with the Detroit Red Wings, showed his class in some scenes at the age of 39. The five years younger Kovalchuk, who is flirting with a return to the NHL, disappointed all along the line (SERVICE: The Olympic medal table).
The USA with second-league defender James Wisniewski of the Kassel Huskies took the lead with Brian O’ Neill (18th). Jordan Greenway (33rd), the first African-American in the USA’s Olympic ice hockey team. But Blas Gregorc (46th) and Jan Mursak (59th) forced the extra time in which Mursak made the surprise perfect after 38 seconds.