Russia rallies to beat US 5-3 in world junior hockey quarterfinals

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 4:45 PM

MALMO, Sweden — Russia beat the United States 5-3 in the world junior hockey quarterfinals Thursday, rallying to take the lead on Nakita Zadorov's two power-play goals.

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juszfaxJan. 2, 1410:33 AM

As predicted, Don Lucia would under achieve again. His teams win because they have talent. But when it come to crunch time and playing another team with just as much talent, he typically chokes, as he has done for the past 5 years with the U. Really had high hopes for this team, but glad I lowered my expectations once I found out who the coach was. Don's consistency in losing big games is remarkable. Will we see the same thing this year in the NCAA tourney. The Gophers have a ton of great young talent and should only get better as the Big Ten season progresses. The only thing that will hold them back is Don Lucia.

dirtydogsJan. 2, 1410:43 AM

Hudson Fasching was a beast for team USA. Very very disappointed with the outcome, really expected them to defend their gold. Hopefully Fasching will get another shot next year with team USA. I just shake my head as he was drafted in the 4th round and all the time the Wild could use a big strong skilled forward. I predict he will have a better NHL career than Bjustad.

angusyoungJan. 2, 1411:41 AM

Lucia was the worst possible choice to coach this team. With all the up and coming coach's through out this state and country How in the world did USA hockey choose this guy? All the talent they had and it goes to waste because of Lousy coaching. Sad!

DRJSKJan. 2, 14 1:55 PM

The negative Lucia comments were inevitable, although the wins and losses ultimately do rest on the coach's shoulders. I agree with most everything about Fasching, except that Bjugstad looks like he will be really good – maybe someday even a Blake Wheeler type. Speaking of which, I never became a wild fan because I left Minnesota before they were a team and they just have never embraced Minnesota players (no, the guys that when out-of-state to college do not count). Wheeler, Bjugstad, and Fasching, who would be a top 10 pick if they were picking right now, all slipped through their fingers. As did Leddy, Martin, Okposo, Kessel, Vanek, Goligoski, Schmidt..............

lynxstarJan. 2, 14 2:19 PM

Hate to pile on The Don too, but I'm still a true believer that this is not a coincidence either. Year after year at The U he struggles to get the best out the talent he has. Same situation here. The US basically went out with a whimper. Should have beat an average Canadian team. I really question USA Hockey for rewarding him for underachieving on a consistent basis. Too many other deserving coach's out there that should have had a chance. Quite confusing if you ask me.

yathinksoJan. 2, 14 2:34 PM

Ever since Holy Cross Don Lucia's teams have not won the big one. They have so much talent, but he never gets the most out of it. Can anyone say that a Don Lucia coached team has ever OVER achieved? Plenty of rock solid examples of his teams under achieving. This result comes as absolutely no surprise. Very good to see a ton of Minnesotans on the Olympic roster however. Time to get ready for what could be a great run for both the men and women.

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