Early this morning, any hopes of the U.S. repeating a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship were dashed when Russia completed a 5-3 win in the quarterfinals.
Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich (who had a strong game, scoring two goals and adding an assist) finished the Americans off with an empty netter, then proceeded to up his celebration game afterwards. [click to see the full gif, plus a Russian coach doing some sort of taunt I'm not particularly familiar with]
Buchnevich also took a stick to the face for his troubles.
I love the drama and irony of Buchnevich taking Skjei's stick to the face —that's the story line here fellas, this blog post forgot to mention they are potentially future teammates.
And this is why I could never be a hockey player at that level. I would be over the boards and this asshat would be wearing my stick between his ears.
I dont give a fuck if he is a RANGERS prospect he's still a piece of shit Russian, and what he did was deserving of getting a stick across the face. And instead of his trainer telling him to stop he mocks the bench with him. Ill boo the hell out of this guy if he ever wears RANGER colors
Are there any black players on the US team? Because the Russian coach's taunt seems to be in line with European and Russian racist monkey taunts against black athletes.
@TheNYRBlog don't place too much faith in this kid. Our Russian track record is atrocious.
I hope he lives long enough that I get to see him in a Rangers jersey! The Rangers should pay for some boxing lessons for him. Lecavalier would have a stroke if he was on the opposing team.
LOL why not mention St Louis too? If u watch or know anything about hockey it's Size and heart that makes players successful in the league- while Zucc is 5'7 he plays big as do Cally, and past players like Avery. Todd Harvey and Pat verbek. So yes I stand with my comment at 162lbs he will not make it!
It's been tough to get a real feel for Skjei (other than learning how to properly pronounce his name) in this tournament. When the US is winning blowouts to start you don't get to see much of a defensive defensman. he played fine against Canada, and was +2 with an assist. He was on the ice for all 3 US goals, but also 3 Russian goals (2 on the PK).
I listened to the 3rd period on sirius radio this morning. The announcers were very high on Buchnevich. On top of the stats, his forechecking late in the 3rd seemed to be killing the US's chance of tying up the game. I thought to myself "I wonder who drafted him", so it was nice to get in to work and find out it was us!
Don't mind the hostility between teams. Nice to see some passion from some young kids representing their countries.
He's a kid. He'll learn. We'll love him if he turns out to be our answer to Ovechkin. It's the coaches who should be embarrassed by their behavior.
@TheNYRBlog just tell him to stay away from cherepanovs handlers!
such irony that Brady Skeji, his possibile future teammate with the Rangers was the one to high stick him at the end of the bench
honestly all patriotism aside. this is the best possible outcome for the rangers. Skjei showing fight and putting up an assist and Pavel putting up big numbers and being a punk. I LOVE IT!!! anyone who hates this hates life. this was amazing. get him over here as soon as possible!!!
@TheNYRBlog I like the fact that Skjei did something a lttle retaliatory also, high, high hopes for that defenseman
Don't really give a crap. If the kid can score than I'll take him. He's enjoying beating the USA in the world juniors and essentially having his coming out game on the big stage. I'll let it go.
@TheNYRBlog everyone complains that we need another avery, blah blah. So here he is. The question is, could he fight? Lol
@TheNYRBlog those Avery-esque players that we need!
Stick to the face by Skjei after taunting. Well, that should make for a pretty entertaining training camp in the coming years :-) Nice job by Skjei showing some fight, and of course by Buchnevich for showing some scoring ability.
he was.... no class at all
oh go I hope the ole ball and chain is playing tmmrw
that's the Russian obscene gesture for scrub your mothers back with a loofah. I will be using this gesture daily.
I disagree. It show a lack of character. The kind of lack of character that keeps players like Ovechkin and Giroux from winning cups. I want my players to beat the shit out of the opposition and then not give them a second thought. THATS taunting.
@GI was thinking the same thing.
either that or he was imitating Adam Sandler. either way I'm using this gesture everyday from now on.
I love the passion. I'll mark this up to immaturity, and I'm sure he will have it straightened out by the time he's in the NHL. if not I'm sure he will have the passion knocked out of him by his emotionless ranger teammates.
hope so. i mean the straightend out part.