Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk casts shadow in US hockey after Olympics, wins pool game

Russia’s hockey team has apparently carried a chip on its shoulder for the past four years.

Ilya Kovalchuk, a striker on the Olympic athletes from Russia’s team, celebrated their 4-0 victory over the United States by casting a shadow over their defeated opponents. In an interview with journalists, Kovalchuk revived memories of the United States Winter Olympics in 2014 over Russia, where TJ Oshie shot six times during the shootout victory, a strategy that Kovalchuk considered unsportsmanlike.

The Olympic athletes from Russia won Group B with the resounding victory over the United States.

USA coach Tony Granato was “furious” in Russia afterwards to keep its top power-play unit on the ice with four minutes left, NBC’s Pierre McGuire reported, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.

The rest of Team USA should be keen to bite back on Russia if they meet again in the finals.

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