In Russia, U.S. victory in hockey tainted by controversy

 


A referee checks the net of Jonathan Quick after Russia scored a possible goal during Saturday’s game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA’s 3-2 victory over Russia in a riveting men’s hockey game Saturday pivoted on a strange play: With 4:40 left in the game, Russia’s Fyodor Tyutin rifled a shot from just inside the blue line and past U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick, the apparent go-ahead goal. But the referees waved off the goal after a video review, which revealed the goal had come off its moorings just before the puck went in. Under international rules (and in contrast to NHL rules), it was clearly no goal.

But that, apparently, was only the start of the controversy. Some of the Russians, including Alex Ovechkin, accused Quick of dislodging the goal intentionally, which could have earned him a two-minute penalty. Slava Voynov, Quick’s teammate with the Los Angeles Kings said that was a trick Quick was known to do in L.A.

“I am his teammate, and I play with him. It is in his style to do something like that. Yes,” Voynov told Yahoo!.com. “The question is why wasn’t it noticed? That’s the question to the referees.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in the building for the game, was caught by television cameras following the disallowed goal, with a facial expression that conveyed his displeasure.

“Shame on the team of that country, which can’t beat us without help from the judge,” tweeted Alyona Arshinova, an official from Putin’s ruling political party, according to Time.com.

Russia (against Slovakia) and the U.S. (against Slovenia) play again today, with both games starting at 4:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. Washington time). Under the convoluted Olympic tournament format, Russia and the U.S. likely would not face each other in a rematch until the gold medal game, should they both make it that far.

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