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Topic - Pavel Datsyuk
One national hockey writer likes Ryan Kesler to the Caps, should they make the call?
In Sweden, commentators have fun with Norway's misfortunes. The Dutch can't get enough of their speedskaters. Japan is so crazy about figure skating they show warmups. Canada is hockey crazy, Russia struggles to stay positive even when things look down and the U.S. salutes its stars with the national anthem as it's time to go to bed.
The gold medal game in women's hockey is one of the most anticipated matchups of the Sochi Games, a showdown between the two dominant powers in the sport - the United States and Canada.
The Russians dutifully shook the Finns' hands and then skated to the center of a rink built to showcase their return to Olympic hockey dominance. When they raised their sticks in a mournful salute, they got more whistles than cheers from their devastated fans.
The home team is out of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
When it was all over, when the mighty Russian men's hockey team with the big stars and the massive expectations failed to earn a medal for the third straight Winter Olympics, thousands of their demanding fans streamed out of the shiny new arena and squinted as their eyes caught the setting sun.
Right from the start of the tournament, the only way to envision the Russians winning a gold medal in hockey was to close both eyes and keep them shut.
Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and their teammates had nursed dreams about this week for several years. They were all dashed in 60 frustrating minutes.
The agony of an entire country doesn't matter here. The only thing that matters in Washington is how Ovi reacts when the Caps resume their season Feb. 27 against the Panthers in Florida.
When Alexander Radulov pumped both fists and let loose a jubilant scream, an entire hockey nation also exhaled for a day.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Pavel Datsyuk wants to play, not talk.
Thanks to that memorable shootout loss to the U.S., Russia must win four games in six days to bring home its first Olympic men's hockey gold medals in 22 years.
The USA-Russia game had everything a fan could want, including a riveting eight-round shootout.
"Inside, I'm absolutely empty," Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk said through a translator, as reported by the Associated Press.
While several of his teammates displayed their best moves while evading reporters, Datsyuk stopped and said simply, "Inside, I'm absolutely empty."