"It's a whirlwind experience". "It's a dream come true and scoring definitely helps". This will be a pivotal power play for the US, their fifth of the game (1 for 4).
"We're the same team we were in the last game", Kovalchuk said.
Since both teams won their second games, Saturday's matchup will likely decide which one finishes at the top of Group B. That means the victor will advance to the quarterfinals, while the loser will have to win a qualifying game to make the quarterfinals.
"I think we did a good job keeping them to the outside", Lacasse said. "We're going to have to stay focused and not get caught up in who we're playing". "The United States is always the United States, so it's going to be tough", former Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko said.
Troy Terry grew up watching Pavel Datsyuk play for the Detroit Red Wings.
"Just realize that I belong here and I can make a difference", Terry said. The Russian team is the favorite on paper, but it has a history of underperforming at the Olympics of late. "Every goaltender's pretty good here and a lot of guys will battle in front, but we've got to sacrifice and get to the net". "We're focused on the things that we can control, and certainly those games that we've played in the past have nothing to do with our future".
Ilya Kovalchuk scored two backbreaking goals as the Russians outplayed, outhit and outclassed the United States in a convincing 4-0 shutout Saturday night as each team wrapped up pool play at the Olympics. They seem like a strong team with a lot of skill, so we will have to bring our best to beat them.
Ryan Donato played hero with a pair of power-play goals, including the go-ahead marker scored 2:51 into the third period.
The first year of a clear youth movement from Don Sweeney, Bruce Cassidy, and the Bruins has come with seemingly unparalleled success, as the Black and Gold sit just a few points behind the Lightning for the most in all of the National Hockey League.
"I think we played well".
Canada thought it had the first goal of the game with 3:15 left in the first period, but Melodie Daoust and captain Marie-Philip Poulin were in the crease with the play blown dead.
Sweden 1, Germany 0: Viktor Stalberg scored on a near-breakaway in the first period, and the goal held up.
Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period.
"We're just concerned about getting shots and creating havoc around the net", Donato said. "We scored the first goal then our goalie made some great saves".
"We have to refresh ourselves and recharge ourselves to be able to try to play that way for 60 minutes", Granato said. We've got a (6-foot-5 forward Jordan) Greenway and a couple other bodies that are big.