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Bobrovsky starts for Russia against United States

Feb 15, 2014, 1:03 AM EDT

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The goaltending match-up is set for Saturday’s game between the United States and Russia.

Russia announced Sergei Bobrovsky would get the start against Team USA (7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN). That pits him against Jonathan Quick for the United States in what is shaping up to be the marquee game of the opening round of the Olympic tournament.

Semyon Varlamov earned a 5-2 win against Slovenia on Thursday for the Russians, but isn’t the clear top man in net. Bobrovsky, the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner, will have his opportunity to stake a claim on the starting job against the U.S. Should he play well, he’ll have a strong case built to stay in goal the rest of the way.

The last time Bobrovsky started a game for Russia was in the 2008 World Junior Championships.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    General A: General Hill reports only militia ?

    General B: Well, it’s cavalry … and where there’s cavalry, infantry will be close behind …

    Friends, this is no doubt going to be the first ‘serious’ engagement of these winter games. And though the Russians represent a ‘most’ formidable opponent for us, I nonetheless believe that Quick and crew will carry the day with skill, courage and honor, God willing …

    GO QUICK !!

    GO USA AND LAND OF THE FREE !!!! :) :) :)

  2. aklolzer - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    I say go USA, but I don’t know about the rest of your comment. USA!!!!

  3. hky187 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    varlamov is a better goalie. go USA

    • georgiared - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Bob has a better career save %, better gaa, & a shiny trophy called the Vezina. Other than those actual facts Varlamov still isn’t as good as Bob. Go actually watch some hockey

  4. hky187 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    hey go actually play hockey bro. I’m just sayin I would of played varlamov over bob. bob might have better career numbers but I think varly is a better overall goalie as of today.

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