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Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk throws shade at US after hockey win

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk threw some shade at the United States after Russia’s 4-0 win in Group A play at the Winter Olympics on Saturday.

Russia — competing as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” during the Games — got two goals from Kovalchuk to solidify their win. Afterwards, he had some words for the U.S.

Kovalchuk, who played 12 seasons in the NHL, was referring to what happened in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. The US beat Russia 3-2 in a shootout in Group A play. T.J. Oshie scored four goals on six shots in the shootout, including the winner, which is what Kovalchuk was referring to.

No NHL players are participating in the Olympics this time around, while Russia’s professional league — the KHL — has sent theirs, giving Russian an advantage this time around. Advantage or not, Kovalchuk certainly seems pleased over the outcome from Saturday.

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