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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)

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Associated Press Man on a mission: 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.

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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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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, passes in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (7), from the Czech Republic, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)