RUSSIA 8 - 2 LATVIA
To say I was looking forward to watching this game is an understatement. I put on my pretend Igor Larionov Red Army sweater, drank chilled Vodka like water and vomited it back up like vomit, and spent two hours before the game watching Rocky IV backwards (when you watch it that way, Drago is the good guy and kills Adrienne instead of Apollo, which makes for a much, much better movie. Trust me on this.)
I have not yet had a chance to watch the USA / Switzerland game, so here is a quick recap of a game I did get to see.
- I Heard shortly before the game that we'd see a line of Ovechkin-Datsyuk-Semin. That line is too incredible. My first thought after reading the news was that Datsyuk might not take another shot until March.
- The terribly aging Sergei Fedorov assisted on the first two goals of the game. Awesome to watch Sergei again, even with him sporting the number 29, and even if he's starting to look like the skeleton that occupied my high school's biology room.
- KHL guys helped open the scoring, including Alex Radulov, the former Nashville Predator. Radulov later became disgruntled and fled to join Norway's curling team.
- There was a moment in the 1st period when it appeared announcer Kenny Albert pronounced a Latvian player's name as "Syphilis". Turns out is was this guy, but I prefer to think that Latvia has a sexually transmitted disease moving through their locker room.
- Kovalchuk scored a fantastic one-timer goal while on one knee for Russia's 7th goal. Every time you watch Kovalchuk wind up for a shot, it increases your sperm count. This is true. (It's too hard to get through one of these without making a Semin/semen joke, so I'm meeting myself in the middle.)
- This is mind-blowing: I am still trying to process how the Olympics are in Canada and this flapping-headed logo was approved.
Russia is immensely entertaining to watch. Tomorrow we'll get to see Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. International hockey is simply the balls, and don't let my dad tell you otherwise.