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Ilya Kovalchuk scores twice as Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

Ilya Kovalchuk scores twice as Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

Their speed and scoring prowess should scare the USA and starting goalie Ryan Zapolski, who has looked shaky at times so far in the tournament.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation won Group B with the resounding win over the United States.

That's where the similarities end.

In a parallel match, Slovakia drew 2-2 with Slovenia, which allows Russian ice hockey players to top Group B.

A tight-angle, first-time finish from Kaprizov made it 5-0 as he netted the third Russian goal in just over four minutes, before Mursak pulled one back. "We aren't simply guessing about this, we know about it", Putin said.

USA head coach Tony Granato was so infuriated that he refused to shake hands with his Russian counterpart Oleg Znarok.

Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves but for the first time, looked out of place on the Olympic platform.

Granato doubled down after the loss on his pre-tournament comment that the US doesn't "need a miracle" to win.

Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk dashed any American hopes for a comeback, netting his team's third goal in the last second of the period.

Nikolai Prokhorkin, a 2012 draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, scored the Russians' first two goals. His second came early in the second.

"It went through my arm", said Zapolski, who Granato confirmed was his goalie moving forward.

"The two other goals were really good shots".

US and Russian fans filled Gangneung Hockey Centre and went back and forth with "U-S-A" and the "ROSS-I-YA" chants that made up the background noise at the Olympics four years ago.

"They've got a really good group over there, but I'm really confident in our squad", forward Jordan Greenway said. Oleg Znarok's men have 6 points with one game remaining in the group stages, while Slovenia, the United States, and Slovakia are all tied with 4 points. The U.S. spent the rest of the second period unable to convert on a delayed-penalty chance and a couple of power plays. Koshechkin stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament. They sure didn't think the game was as lopsided as the score.

"Obviously tomorrow we're expecting a better game and more competitive".

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