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Datsyuk says Russians were fired up for Norway

Feb 18, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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It seems Canada isn’t the only team that has to deal with dissatisfied fans even in the face of victory.

Russia’s 4-0 win against Norway on Tuesday helped move them into the quarterfinals and a pair of goals in the closing minutes helped pad the lead. One critique they faced was that they weren’t fired up to face a non-rival like Norway.

Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t agree with that at all as Russia’s RSport shares.

“Everyone played well, everyone did their job,” said Datsyuk. “A very tough game. I don’t agree that we weren’t fired up for the Norwegians,” he added, but conceded: “It probably looked that way from the back-row seats.”

Take that, people sitting far away.

You’d have to almost forgive Russia if they were looking ahead to the next round against Finland. Norway performed the worst of the 12 teams during the preliminary round and didn’t look thrilling doing so.

As it was, Russia outshot Norway 31-22 and poured it on in the second period by a 14-6 margin. They may not be succeeding with flash and dash with superstars scoring all over the place, but with the goal to win gold, the Russians keep marching along whether they look fired up or not.

  1. muckleflugga - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    simply the best …

    our pasha … better than all the rest

    • blomfeld - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM


      For those of you who are serious, let’s take a knee here and ponder for a moment what’s ‘really’ going down. In the largest country on earth, comrade Putin decides to slap a lousy ’52 billion’ on a ‘showcase to the world’ games in the heart of the ‘highly contested’ Caucuses region of southern Russia … location, location, location as my ‘creepy’ realtor friends would say. And then you have the man himself, who besides being an ‘uber’ megalomaniac and an accomplished ‘vodka league’ hockey player in his own right, is of the mind that ‘we will triumph, come hell or high water”. So given all that and so ‘very’ much more, it’s like ‘no kidding’ man that these people were ‘fired up’ against lowly Norway !

      Summary: Yerdon ‘could’ be a communist ? … in addition to Pat, O’Patty and Joey4ID ?

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Really, blom. May I quote:

        HEADLINE: Hockey Canada has no backup plan if NHL pulls out of Sochi

        blomfeld – Jan 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM:

        “I support Vladimir Putin and that which he’s trying to achieve for his country.”

        Blom – you’re such a two-faced hole sometimes.

      • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Pat, Russia is a tough country which needs a tough leader. And in that context I do believe that Putin is the man for the job. We all saw the anarchy that happened when that bumbling drunk Yeltsin was at the controls. So call it the lesser of two evils if you will.

  2. operwapitsai - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    hey pht, been a visitor for a while. just wanted to give you a heads up, indented notes and quotes are cut off for mobile viewers

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Speak for yourself. Not this mobile viewer (iphone 5)

  4. opattytheirishrover - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Blomfeld, my good and esteemed friend and colleague…be it known henceforth that I do not subscribe to any part of this “communist” party with which you have mentioned. The questioning of my political views serves only to strengthen my resolve of the world coming under one rule…mine.

    I traveled across the drink some 15 odd years ago at the tender age of 14 to establish along with my family, the bloodline seeping into North American soil. This I have accomplished. Now world domination is on the horizon….and you…dear Blomfeld, are with me or against me.

    Come, help me establish this new empire and mold it into what we know should be.


    • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      “Come, help me establish this new empire and mold it into what we know should be” …

      I’M IN ! :)

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