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France beat Russia today

May 9, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

From the IIHF website:

HELSINKI – Antoine Roussel scored the second-period winner as France beat Russia 2-1 in one of the biggest upsets in international hockey history on Thursday. The result ended the defending champions’ World Championship winning streak at 13 games.

Damien Fleury and Antoine Roussel scored for France. This was France’s equivalent of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” where U.S. college players defeated the heavily favoured Soviets at the Lake Placid Olympics.

NHLers in the Russian lineup (PDF) included New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk and Andrei Loktionov, as well as Columbus players Artem Anisimov and Fedor Tyutin.

In the second period, former NHLer Alexander Radulov was stopped on a penalty shot by French goalie Florian Hardy.

“It’s fantastic to beat the defending champions and the best players in the world,” French coach Dave Henderson told the IIHF website, per “It’s so big for French hockey it’s hard to describe.”


  1. laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Why does the new French Navy have glass bottom boats???

    So they can see the old French Navy……..

    • valoisvipers - May 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Want to buy a French soldier’s rifle? It’s never been fired and only dropped twice.

  2. 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Wow. That’s a major upset. Hopefully translates into increased interest in hockey for France in the future!

  3. noozehound - May 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    this is NOTHING like the Miracle on Ice. The US Olympic team beat a Russian team who had been gold medal winners for 20 years. The Russian players were professional hockey players who had been playing together for years, the US team was a bunch of college kids who were true amateurs. Not to mention, the political complications due to the Cold War. Watering down the importance of the TRUE Miracle on Ice is insulting. Well, they ARE French, everything they do is insulting.

    • loinstache - May 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM


      • 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Land of the free, home of the massive insecurity complex.

      • ibieiniid - May 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        and deep fried oreos

    • ruddigervancity - May 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Yeah….and also, the French head coach looks nothing like Kurt Russell.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Keep in mind, those French players aren’t even good enough to make the CHL or any college teams AND they’re playing against guys like Kovy, who’d skate circles ’round the the ol’ Red Army hockey team. So yes, this is about the same as the “Miracle on Ice” in terms of the significance to the French team.

    • manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I was with ya, nooze, until the last stoopid sentence.

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Grounds Keeper Willie on the French…..”The cheese eating surrender monkies”……

  4. charliereno - May 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I’m with you nooze. EVERY SENTENCE. Crepe-eating fairies on ice.

    • 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Watch as they beat Team America, World Police next.

  5. barkar942 - May 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    The rest of the Russian players must have watched Ovechkin play defense on Stepan last night!

  6. Exiled1 - May 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Wow! Just how many bottles of vodka does it take for Russia to lose to France?

  7. lafayettereturns - May 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    How many American patriots does it take to win independence from Britain? Oh that’s right..not enough! Americans would still be bowing down to the crown I it wasn’t for France’s brave soldiers who saved America’s ass from tyranny..

    If you cowards want to talk crap about someone, better not pick on America’s staunch ally.

    Only cowards and ignorant fools talk smack about France..Out armed forces, and those who count know the truth about the French..too bad you hicks haven’t caught on

    Well done today France! Hard off to our closest ally! Keep kicking ass in Mali and in hockey!

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Did you like your own comment? Be honest….

    • sporkov - May 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      So, the fact that French supported our revolution as a way to undermine their English rivals we should forget that the French have twice not been forced to start speaking German thanks to America and that the French do everything possible to undermine global stability if it is the easy way?

  8. dankpuffalot - May 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Hard to tell which keyboard commandos on here are Canadians when they don’t end every sentence in eh.

  9. blomfeld - May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM


    Though my bloodlines have been antagonists with these people for centuries, I for one say ‘félicitations’ to the French for their glorious victory today! The French are by far the ‘coolest’ people going and they probably have been since about 1685. What makes me really laugh though, is all of you simpletons above weighing in with your ‘predictable’ racist insults about a people who once controlled all of North America, from the Great Lakes through the Ohio Valley, down the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. You people are idiots, as “Detroit” is actually French for ‘the narrows” for God’s sake!


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