Russia's hockey empire crumbled in front of the world.
Russia's 7-3 loss to Canada in its Olympic hockey quarterfinal game is one of the most definitive, declarative and emphatic emasculations the sport has seen in decades.
The headline of the Sport Express daily read:
“If you were asleep, you were lucky.”
In Russia, the state news agency RIA Novosti put it more succinctly:
“Nightmare in Vancouver.”
Head coach Vyacheslav Bykov predicted the reaction the team would receive back home. "Let's put guillotines and scaffolds up on Red Square. We have 35 people in the squad — let's finish them all off," he told reporters.
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