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“Cheat Team” American hockey players are destroyed after shame at the World Cup



And they admire the Latvian team.

North American sports publications covered the past Ice Hockey World Championship rather sparingly. Even in Canada, they congratulated the national team on the victory with restraint, publishing in most cases only the final standings of the teams.

It may seem that the fans from these countries do not care about the World Cup either. However, this is not the case. For example, Canadians actively celebrate gold and congratulate their team on social networks. The Americans, on the other hand, have a completely different mood: they are tired of regularly flying past the final.

Chance to break a bad streak

The statistics of the US team is simply amazing: the last time the Stars and Stripes took gold in international hockey competitions was in 1980, when they won the Olympics. And the Americans won the World Cup even in 1960!

Since then, the ceiling for their team has been the struggle for bronze. But it’s not always possible to take third place either: at the 2023 World Cup, the US team sensationally lost to Latvia (3:4). For the fans, this was another blow.

The David Quinn team made everyone believe that they could break a terrible streak without gold medals. The Americans confidently went through all the opponents in the group stage and advanced to the playoffs from the first place. In the playoffs, the United States defeated the Czech Republic 3-0, which frankly failed the tournament. But then Germany got in their way…

“We haven’t won a single significant game”

The Americans failed the semi-finals, and then gave Latvia bronze medals, giving the Baltic country a national holiday. After losing the match for 3rd place, the fans attacked their team with criticism. Basically went to goalkeeper Casey Desmit and head coach Quinn.

“Desmith couldn’t have made the save even if his life depended on it,” jokes PierreLucMathi1.

“Imagine a team of NHL and AHL players constantly playing three on three in overtime in North America, who could not even touch the puck for three minutes against hockey players from the lower European championships,” exigy1 wonders.

– We want to be the greatest hockey country in the world, but we are losing to Germany and Latvia. Sorry sight! Wasn’t the last Worlds and Olympics enough to make you realize that you need to take Quinn out? ernielipschit laments.

Some fans took a broader view of the problem. It seems to them that until the attitude towards the World Cup is changed in the USA, the team will continue to be disgraced at the international tournament. Moreover, the American team may gradually leave the elite. To prevent this from happening, we need to talk more about the World Cup, take it more seriously and assemble a team not from students and players from farm clubs.

“Round-robin champions… I’m so proud of the team,” ironically KWoodsy58

There is nothing to be proud of here! We didn’t win a single significant game despite having the easiest route to a gold medal of all. So this is just another embarrassment for the US team, says CivilianScott

“USA Hockey” brand – play a perfect 7-0 in pointless games in the group stage, and then, when you need to show character … embarrass yourself in front of humble hockey powers, writes NYCTheMiC

– I just don’t understand how you could lose to Latvia? They didn’t even get a medal. A typical team of scammers, iceman24_7 comments

Take this tournament seriously. We have many cities outside of NHL markets that could host this event. But it starts with officials and the hockey federation, – says Peesheh09

Fans of the US team note the passion with which Latvia played in the match for bronze. American fans believe that if their compatriots took the ice every time with the same dedication, they would take gold. But from year to year, the disregard for the World Cup remains unchanged. Maybe now, after the Latvian disgrace, it will be possible to reverse this trend?

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    Metallurg beat Salavat Yulaev and broke the series of defeats in the KHL




    Metallurg Magnitogorsk beat Ufa’s Salavat Yulaev on the road in a match of the KHL regular season.

    The meeting ended with the score 1:0 (0:0, 0:0, 1:0). Robin Press scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute.

    Magnitogorsk broke a streak of three defeats in a row and leads the Eastern Conference table with 19 points. Salavat is sixth in the East with 12 points.

    In the next match, Metallurg will host Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik on October 2, and the Ufa team will play away at Tolyatti Lada on the same day.

    Watch live broadcasts of Fonbet KHL Championship matches on the Match TV channel, as well as on the websites matchtv.ru and sportbox.ru.

    KHL. Regular season

    “Salavat Yulaev” (Ufa) – “Metallurg” (Magnitogorsk) – 0:1 (0:0, 0:0, 0:1)

    Goals: Press, 41:44.

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    “God, I’m so old.” Ovechkin took a young talent from Russia under his wing




    With a partner like Ovi, Ivan Miroshnichenko feels confident on the ice and in the locker room.

    Alexander Ovechkin is expected to score goals and shorten the distance to Wayne Gretzky’s record in regular season matches. But while the preseason is underway, fans are not watching the sniper qualities of the capital’s captain, but his ability to be a mentor for Washington’s young hockey players. First of all, for Ivan Miroshnichenko, who has been called the new Ovechkin in North America for several years now.

    And the Caps leader played this role perfectly. Under his tutelage, Miroshnichenko does not get lost on the ice and in the locker room.

    Ovechkin helps Miroshnichenko adapt

    Ovechkin and Miroshnichenko really have a lot in common: both forwards are right-handed and have a killer throw. But comparisons with his star compatriot alone will not make it into Washington’s main roster. The young Russian will have to work hard to earn the right to take to the ice in a Caps jersey. At the same time, the club is doing everything to ensure that his adaptation occurs as quickly as possible. Washington coach Spencer Carbery played Miroshnichenko in training both on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and on the first line with the Washington captain. For a 19-year-old hockey player, this is a great opportunity to get advice from experienced compatriots. Moreover, Ovechkin took the young hockey player under his wing: he involves him in all team activities and even acts as a translator.

    Ivan Miroshnichenko / Photo: © REUTERS/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    The player himself looked good in training and earned positive comments from journalists and Carbury. But to get a place in the squad, Miroshnichenko needs to prove himself in the preseason games. And so far he has succeeded: in the first meeting he scored an assist double.

    The most expensive NHL translator

    The forward’s debut took place in a home match against Detroit. The young Russian, as expected, took to the ice on the same line with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, although many experts did not consider this a good idea. Still, a newcomer needs to rush around the court and prove his worth in every shift, while veterans in the preseason usually perform at half capacity.

    On the other hand, with such partners it would be easier for Miroshnichenko to feel confidence at the NHL level, which he sorely lacked in the first minutes of the match. The forward tried to act as simply as possible and was embarrassed to shoot at goal. And at the start of the second period, he completely lost his position in his zone, which led to a goal. Ivan did not have time to cover the defender on the blue line, and he gave an assist to his partner.

    Then Miroshnichenko began to improve and act more boldly on the ice. And a few minutes later the Russian took part in Washington’s scoring combination. The forward passed from behind the goal to Ovechkin, who found an open Backström on the net. Interestingly, after each shift, the 19-year-old forward always sat next to Ovechkin and received advice from him on the bench. Perhaps this also played a role.

    Alexander Ovechkin (right) / Photo: © REUTERS/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    After missing the goal, Washington, which fielded a more optimal lineup, noticeably improved. The hosts’ second goal was just a matter of time, but Detroit’s goalkeeper saved his teammates time after time. The series of saves was completed by goalkeeper Kuznetsov, who, together with Tom Wilson, showed a home preparation. The Russian center won a throw-in with a throw to Wilson, who hit the goal with one touch.

    The audience saw the next goal only in the middle of the third period, when Washington sent off 35-year-old Artem Anisimov. After another missed goal, Detroit completely wilted and gave the initiative to the opponent, which Miroshnichenko’s line took advantage of. Four minutes before the end of the final 20 minutes, the Russian skated along the goal, took the goalkeeper with him, and then threw the puck to John Carlson on empty. Thus, Miroshnichenko scored an assist in his first match for Washington. He also had the opportunity to score a goal: Ovechkin made a brilliant pass to the far post, but the forward was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

    At the end of the meeting, Detroit unexpectedly came to its senses and even reduced the gap to a minimum, but the guests did not have enough time for more.

    After the match, journalists surrounded Miroshnichenko and Ovechkin, who acted as a translator. At the same time, the captain of the Washington sometimes translated, and sometimes spoke for Ivan, inserting his own observations, which made everyone laugh.

    Ivan Miroshnichenko (right) / Photo: © REUTERS/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    — I made my NHL debut when he was one year old. God, I’m so old. Actually, this is a pretty special moment, he watched us on TV, and it was kind of a dream come true,” Ovechkin said after the match.

    Ovechkin also noted that he was pleased with the performance of his compatriot. Journalists also praised Miroshnichenko’s performance.

    “I had to overcome some nervousness in the beginning, but the 19-year-old was strong in his first professional game in North America. He worked to keep the puck alive, showed physicality and showed off speed, skating and elite shooting, The Hockey News writes.

    Now there is no firm confidence that Miroshnichenko will end up in the Washington team, but so far everything is going well for him. The forward needs to prove himself in the next friendly match. And with such a fun start, his prospects are good.

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      “How old I am.” Ovechkin acted as a translator for Miroshnichenko and made journalists laugh




      Washington forward Alexander Ovechkin acted as a translator for teammate Ivan Miroshnichenko after the NHL preseason game against Detroit.

      The Capitals beat the Red Wings at home – 4:3, Miroshnichenko made his debut for Washington and scored two assists.

      During a conversation with reporters, Miroshnichenko said in Russian: “Playing with such people… I used to watch them on TV, and Ovi was drafted when I was born, so for me it’s very encouraging.”

      Ovechkin translated his words into English, and when he spoke about the draft pick, he added: “Lord, I’m so old,” after which laughter rang out in the audience.

      In May, 19-year-old Miroshnichenko signed a three-year contract with the Capitals. Last season, the forward played for Avangard Omsk, played 23 matches in the KHL regular season, scored three goals and gave an assist.

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