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Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on restoring his nation as a formidable world power, analysts say. "Russia has been a great power for centuries. And it remains one," he said in a terse but little-noticed acceptance speech when President Boris Yeltsin promoted him to prime minister in 1999. (Associated Press)

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Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, right, of Russia, swats away a shot past Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, left, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier, right, makes his move on Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, left, of Russia, for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, left, reacts to scoring the Flyers' third goal against Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, right, of Russia during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell, center, slides into Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin, top, of Russia, after behing hooked by Hurricanes' Ron Hainsey during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, left, of Russia has some words with Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell, left, after Hartnell collided with Khudobin in the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)