The Russians had good goal tending the first 2 periods with Vasilevski. Only he fell apart in the third, but the Russian coach did the right thing after 4 goals scored by Canada, and he replaced their goaltender with Markerov. The Russian Captain, Kuznetsov had 3 goals and an assist. A captain playing like a captain.
While disappointed with the loss, I give my congratulations to the Russian team. Very well played, and they showed allot of speed on the rush.
The Canadian team, however, did very good this year, regardless of losing to the strong Russian team. I knew, and I had a feeling, when they won those 4 games straight in round robin play, that the jinx would probably go to make them lose the last one. I never, like to see, my favorite team blank out the opposition in round robin play. I would have liked to see Canada have a 3 to 1 record going in, not a 4 to 0 record, as when you do not have a loss, it creates a jinx effect. I seen it in football as well, where a team would win all their regular season games, and then come to the last game for the cup, and lose.
So, all you coaches out there, if you got a hot team in regular season play with no losses, get your 4th and 3rd lines out there playing lots of hockey. Make your 1st and 2nd lines rest, and put in your third goalie. Take a loss, to break the jinx..
Once again, a big congrats to the Russian team! Very well played!