Would much rather have faced the Swiss. They would have been completely out of steam and Sweden wouldn't allow them to bring down the pace like they did the first game. The Russians are in the tournament for real now. This is exactly the squeak by win they needed to get comfortable and take the pressure off being the home team. It's going to be real close, whoever wins.
Yeah I don't know what's going on in his (Yakupov's) head. Maybe he's holding his stick too tight and over thinking...It seems that most of his decisions are the wrong ones. He's putting in a lot of effort, but when nothing seems to be working, it almost seems like it's all for nothing.
He is trying too hard to be the man and not the team player. He want's to live up to his superstar billing.
At the moment he is anonymous and likely to remain so. Having a coach like Varnakov doesn't help either.
Oilers fans need not worry when he turns up to camp this summer as he'll have a proper coaching staff to knock him into shape.