Olympic hockey is in full swing and it has been full of story lines and dramatics so far. Yesterday’s game between the United States and Russia’s home town boys was no different.
The game had the feeling of an instant classic even while watching it. Ultimately, the Americans walked away with the 3-2 victory after an epic eight-round shootout. However, there was a point in the game where it seemed like things would be settled in regulation.
With just over three minutes to play in the third period it seemed like the Russians may have taken the lead for good. Russian defenceman Fedor Tyutin fired a shot past Jonathan Quick to give the Russians what they thought would be a 3-2 lead with very little time remaining. But the net had been knocked off of its moorings and the goal was ultimately disallowed. The rest is history.
Now the Americans sit atop their group with a chance to sweep preliminary play with a win against Slovenia.
Like any hockey game each team had their remarks on the final outcome. However, on this stage, with how the game unfolded and how it got their, things were obviously a little more emotional.
Case in point, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov commenting on the disallowed goal and throwing his teammate under the bus.
From Puck Daddy:
“I can tell you myself, because I am his teammate and I play with him. It is in his style to do something like that. Yes,” he said. “The question is why wasn’t it noticed? That’s the question to the referees.”
That is Voynov basically saying Quick knocked the net off on purpose on that play and that he knows he does that because he’s been on the right side of it in the past.
Voynov and Quick are teammates when not competing for their home country. Both have bailed each other out of numerous situations during the course of the NHL regular season and playoffs. Both have won a Stanley Cup with the Kings.
A remark like that from Voynov is uncalled for. Period.
Deal with what you are dealt. There was over three minutes to play after that call. There was five minutes of scoreless hockey after that. Finally ending with eight different chances to win it in a shootout. All chances and possibilities for both teams.
Trying to find a scapegoat is cowardly and doing so by trashing the play of not only another player but your teammate is ridiculous. I sure would like to be in the room to see Quick and Voynov’s first interaction after this interview.