IIHF Sochi Olympics preview for Team Russia
The key will be defeating Sweden in the preliminary round to likely avoid playing Finland in the quarter-finals. This, and the quarter-final victory (presumably, over Switzerland) are absolute musts, and a failure to do so will be considered a catastrophe. Winning the bronze medal is the ultimate goal but the fourth place appears slightly more likely at this point.
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“Let’s put it this way”, says Chekanov. “Can a 1999 Lada win a race against a Mercedes? No, it can’t. On the other hand, the Mercedes can lose a wheel, so there is always hope.”