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Кубок Мира по хоккею 1996 года


August 16, 1996

Russia edges Finland in exhibition By MATTHEW FISHER -- Toronto Sun
MOSCOW -- After years of waiting, Russian hockey fans finally got to see what they call their Dream Team and they loved it.
Cries of "shaibu, shaibu," (puck, puck) filled the Red Army rink on a hot summer's evening as a sellout crowd of 6,000 watched Russia's World Cup team defeat Finland 5-4 in an exhibition game.
Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny each scored once.

Mogilny set up his old junior linemates for each of their goals with perfect goalmouth passes.
Fedorov thrilled the crowd when he did something that was unheard of during the Soviet hockey era. The flashy Detroit Red Wings centre dropped his gloves and, NHL style, briefly pummelled a Finnish player.
Fedorov refused to speak with Russian or foreign journalists after the game, rushing past them and into the night with several overly young decorated women on his arm.
But Bure spoke for all his teammates at a press conference. "Everyone on the team was happy to be here and to win," Bure said. "We didn't do all that we wanted to, but we have time to work on it. By the time we play our first (World Cup) game against Canada on Aug. 29, we will play like a completely different team."
It was the first time Russia's best hockey players have been together since the exodus to the National Hockey League began as the Soviet Union fell apart in the late 1980s.
It was the Russian NHLers only appearance at home in the World Cup tournament, which officially begins Aug. 26 in Stockholm when the Swedes play the Germans.
For hockey in August, the game had an extraordinarily fast tempo. But there were many defensive errors by both sides.
Although pleased to have won, Russian coach Boris Mikhailov criticized his team's defensive play. The former Soviet star said his team must allow fewer goals if it is to have any chance of winning the eight-nation tournament.
Russia's big line of Fedorov, Bure and Mogilny dominated the game when they were on the ice. But the only other Russian players to stand out were centres Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhamnov and goalie Andre Trefilov, whose glove hand kept Russia in the game in the first period.

Yashin, who spends his winters with the hapless Ottawa Senators thrived in the passing-oriented Russian hockey environment last night. Yashin scored with a bullet-like wrist shot from the slot and assisted on Russia's other goal by Sergei Gonchar.
"It was wonderful to see how Fedorov, Bure and Mogilny played together," Yashin said.
"But we're not just one line, we're a team. We can't win unless we play like one."

Источник - "Toronto Sun"





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