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.
Alex Ovechkin just laid Brooks Orpik out.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 15, 2014
It’s 9-5 in shots on goal. Most of the action on Russian end, but USA keeps weathering the storm. OH! Golden chance stopped by Quick.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 15, 2014
Referee took a serious shot to the private parts. Almost had the ″Vasectomy on Ice.”— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 15, 2014
Team USA penalty killers completely defusing power play, with help from sloppy Russian stickhandling. Ovi thinking pass too much.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 15, 2014