Voynov Threw Quick Under The Bus In Post Game Interview

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.

Tags: Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings Slava Voynov

  • Franklin Steele

    I couldn’t believe it when I read that. Quick has never had a delay of game called on him in his career. Unreal and shallow by Voynov.

  • Mike O

    Not only just that but it’s comments like those that downplay the integrity of our sport. Next time comments like those need to be kept in the locker room if you even gotta say it at all.

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  • Patrick F

    Lets get some things straight: The rule that disallows goals in the Olympics when the goal comes loose, does NOT exist in the NHL in the sense that it does in international play. In the Olympics, if the goal comes loose: no goal, period. In the NHL, referees take into account whether or not the goal would have gone in anyway. This means that in the NHL, the goal would have counted (the goal only moved a tiny bit).

    I also think this is just a matter of incorrect translation/English. I think Voynov was trying to say that Quick’s style of play (butterflying, splits, lots of movement), leads to him hitting the pipes with a lot of force, often dislodging the goal. I don’t think it has to do with Voynov saying that Quick purposefully hit the net, in order to dislodge it, so that any goals scored following it would be disallowed. I think Voynov thinks that the refs should have realized Quick did it all on his own accord and should have face some repucussions, not because he did it on purpose, it’s just that his style of goal tending will knock a goal off more often than a blocking style.

    • Hando

      I was wondering if the interview was done in Russian or English because a lot of things can get lost in translation especially with two languages that are so different. Also, I couldn’t imagine Voynov saying something like that about Quick who, as any defenseman and goalie would know, are very close. You don’t win a cup together and not become almost like brothers and that means loyalty..