After running his mouth about how "not up to standard" the Slovakian goaltenders were, Peter Budaj got his just desserts by stopping 20 of 23 Russian shots en route to a 5-3 upset victory for Slovakia on Wednesday. Ilya Kovalchuk had one assist and no goals against the supposedly inferior Slovakian goaltender.
With a very difficult match against Sweden on Thursday, Russia could find itself in an impossibly deep hole. I, for one, would find it very funny after all the smack Kovalchuk talked.
The Russia-Sweden game will come on at 10:00 am eastern time. I'll be watching. Rooting for the "evil" Swedes. Technically, I'm rooting against Ilya Kovalchuk, but who's counting?
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