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07:43 AM ET 02.20 | Afterward, the disappointment was palpable. Pavel Datsyuk was uncertain when he will recover. He has lost hockey games before but never this big, in his own big country. Datsyuk captained Team Russia into the Sochi Olympics on one leg and left it with his feet kicked out from under him. ... [Datsyuk's] disappointment was magnified by his homeland, which had expected what Canada delivered when hosting the Olympics four years ago: gold. Instead, the Russians are gone. "There were great hopes placed on us, and we didn't live up to them," Datsyuk said. "We can't score today. Hard to win if you not score. We not make enough traffic, we not shoot enough." ... Going back home to Datsyuk's other country, the one where he makes his living, will offer a geographical buffer -- but the pain of Russia's failure to launch will linger.

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February 20, 2014  08:44 AM ET

Sorry, Dats, but you were stranded on a "team" loaded with me-first players.

February 20, 2014  09:01 AM ET

Datsyuk uncertain when he will recover

I takes time to consider all the swatches.

February 20, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Datsyuk uncertain when he will recover

It takes time to consider all the swatches.

Fixed.

(anybody know how to block the videos without messing with the flash player?)

February 20, 2014  09:38 AM ET

Russia would have been fine if bgm hadn't picked them for gold.

February 20, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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In 1993, 35 Russians were drafted into the NHL, only two years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.In 2013, 8 Russians were drafted.The writing has been on the wall for a very, very long time. This kinda reminds me of when Mitt Romney lost and his camp did an awful job of preparing the candidate for the likely eventuality that he was going to lose the election. What shouldn't have come as a shock came as a shock.

good analogy, I would also compare it to english football.
They used to have great training acadamies and such for all of the teams. It was a source of pride for them.
Now, no worries, just buy whatever player you need.

February 20, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Russia would have been fine if bgm hadn't picked them for gold.

http://www.fannation.com/throwdowns/show/695581-what-happened-to-your -prediction-that-russia-would-win-the-gold-medal?category_id=15

:O)

February 20, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In 1993, 35 Russians were drafted into the NHL, only two years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.In 2013, 8 Russians were drafted.The writing has been on the wall for a very, very long time. This kinda reminds me of when Mitt Romney lost and his camp did an awful job of preparing the candidate for the likely eventuality that he was going to lose the election. What shouldn't have come as a shock came as a shock.

I swore i posted this already
It reminds me of english football. They used have these great acadamies, each team had its own.
Now, no one has interest in development. Who needs to when you can buy ready made....or in the KHL cases, cash in on an olde, well known name....

February 20, 2014  10:19 AM ET



Dats all folks!

February 20, 2014  10:20 AM ET

I heard stories about how the Russian team was forced to pick a lot of KHL players, more than they wanted, so that the league could show the world how good it is. This explains why some Russian NHL players didn't make the team.

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February 20, 2014  10:21 AM ET
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http://www.fannation.com/throwdowns/show/695581-what-happened-to-your -prediction-that-russia-would-win-the-gold-medal?category_id=15:O)

I already told him to pound sand. Hankela doesn't TD or even look at them.

But a PC guru like yourself could probably hack my account and debate him for me.....

February 20, 2014  10:23 AM ET

Is it really necessary to translate his broken English verbatim??

February 20, 2014  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Russia would have been fine if bgm hadn't picked them for gold.

OK, so that cuts out the Bruins for the Cup too:")

February 20, 2014  10:25 AM ET

Can't say I blame the coach. He had some talent, but, like RP-29 said they were me first. Ovechkin, and to a lesser extent Malkin want to control things on their own terms. Putting them on the same line might have been a big mistake.

February 20, 2014  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sorry, Dats, but you were stranded on a "team" loaded with me-first players.

I feel for him, he's a playmaker and he looked good against the US team, but with all that attitude from the others you are right.

February 20, 2014  11:25 AM ET

Just the Guy the Wings were hoping to come back to them...injured and morose.

February 20, 2014  11:40 AM ET
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Just the Guy the Wings were hoping to come back to them...injured and morose.

And they are already down a Zetterberg.

February 20, 2014  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

But a PC guru like yourself

woah...easy

That is leveling all sorts of charges

 
February 20, 2014  12:49 PM ET

"Datsyuk uncertain when he will recover"

After yesterday's heartbreak, he may never recover.

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