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12-26-2012, 12:00 AM
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2013 WJC Preview: Russia hopes home cooking will be the recipe for gold

After the very good results from the last two World Junior Championships, where they grabbed a gold and a silver medal, Team Russia will play at home for the first time since 2001 and are hoping for a better finish in 2013 than their seventh place showing in twelve years ago.

It will be interesting to see if the Russians will be able to kill off the pressure of playing at home – the crowd in Ufa will definitely not accept any other outcome than the gold medal, and players know that.

Much has changed from last year’s team that settled for silver after surrendering to Sweden and Mika Zibanejad (OTT) during the overtime, despite a heroic performance from goalie Andrey Makarov (BUF).… read more


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