An additional OAR penalty resulted in a brief four-on-three for the Americans, but they were unable to capitalize on the man advantage.
This year, players from the National Hockey League (NHL) are no longer allowed to play in the Olympics, per a league ruling last April, so the US men's hockey team includes mostly college players, former NHL players and Americans who play professionally in Europe. I thought it would be a great story if we beat the bastards. Kovalchuk said. "So hopefully you're gonna change that now".
"We haven't scored goals, but we've a made it hard on teams in their own end", coach Tony Granato said. Many don't remember that just days before the "miracle on ice", the United States of America was dominated by the Soviet Union in a 10-3 game at Madison Square Garden.
Before the Olympic tournament began, Granato insisted his team would not require a miracle to win the championship.
"After the last game in Sochi, I think you guys are still showing the highlights of Oshie scoring goals in the shootout, so hopefully we're going to change that now", Kovalchuk said with a smile, referring to both T.J. Oshie's four shoot-out goals in Team USA's victory against Russian Federation four years ago at the Sochi Games and his current team's gold medal aspirations. He also scored on a wrist shot from the left circle at 2:14 of the second period.
That's a talking point for USA coaches and players. U.S. -Russia is no time to make friends.
For every shout of "ROSS-I-YA!" that rattled the arena roof, there was a loud-and-proud chant of "U-S-A!"
Unlike in Sochi, it was the Russians who had the upper hand in the final preliminary-round game, defeating the USA, 4-0, to take the top spot in Group B, which guaranteed them a bye to the quarterfinals.
Slovakia, which upset the Russians 3-2 in their opener, faced Slovenia in a later match, but the emotional and hard-hitting USA-Russia showdown was the day's marquee event.
"They've got a really good group over there, but I'm really confident in our squad", forward Jordan Greenway said. We just didn't get the results'.
"The games have changed a lot of ways", Eruzione said.
Koshechkin stopped 29 shots to help the Russians turn this game of rivals into a rout.
"The win was very important for us", Shokhina said. And with the National Hockey League sitting this one out, the Americans are who we thought they were. They sure didn't think the game was as lopsided as the score. They finished the PyeongChang games with a 4-3 record. "I don't think we should hang our heads low about that effort", he said.
"With us it's not faster, higher, stronger; it's about being more accurate".