U.S.-Russia hockey game gets underway

February 15, 2014


Russia’s Evgeny Medvedev punches Ryan Callahan during Saturda’s game. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Less than five minutes into the highly anticipated USA-Russia hockey game, we’ve already had multiple scoring chances, several crunching checks and some shoving and yapping in front of the U.S. goal. But there is no score. One early impression: Valeri Nichushkin, the 18-year-old phenom who is a rookie for the Dallas Stars, is an absolute beast out there. His first shift was a blur of deft move-making and bone-rattling hits.

The atmosphere is terrific, with flags flying, chants going up (“Shaybu!”) and horns honking in the stands.

And just now, The Wave.

Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.
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