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12-12-2012, 09:38 AM
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Acallabeth
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Originally Posted by Muuri View Post
I blame the Cold War for us not having a proper rivalry with Russians. We were afraid Soviets so we had to act all buddy-buddy with them. All the negative energy was focused on rivalry with Sweden.

Actually we Russians do regard Finland as rivals because of some painful losses:
- Torino semifinals - 0:4 right after shutting Canada out.
- OT loss at the WC in Moscow '07 semifinals, the 1st time in long time we were truly believing Russia would win the Gold.
- shutout at 2011 Worlds (and Granlund's famous goal).
- also Finnish ref just ate Russia alive at 2005 Worlds in Canada-Russia semifinals.

But this doesn't come close to playing Czechs. Can't remember any other national team's fans chanting insults as much. Every in Russia also hates their hockey style

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