Well, it wasn’t exactly a rematch of the Olympics, but Canada’s defeat at the hands of the Russians might salve some of the wounds from February. In a 5-2 thrashing, some of the Russian Olympic team beat some of the Canadian Olympic team, and it only took 78 penalty minutes to happen!
Today’s game was noteworthy in that Brooks “Lugnut” Laich opposed a ton of his current and former Capitals teammates (Ovechkin, Semin, Fedorov, Kozlov, Varlamov, Rasputin, Zhivago) and didn’t evaporate any friendships in the process. Aside from one tense scrum and a blocked wrister from Varlamov, the friendly rivalry was not a factor in the game. What did matter was the steady drip of penalties leaking from the referee’s whistles. Across twenty seven penalties, the officials dealt out 78 minutes of penalty time (30 for Russia, 48 for Canada). If this wasn’t the most litigated pro hockey game you’ve seen in a while, I do not want to see your hockey games.