The news put a damper on Ilya Bryzgalov’s day. When Jesse Joensuu heard the same news, it snapped him out of a 12-day funk.
The Edmonton Oilers’ Olympic break is over, but like so many sports fans around the world, the Oilers went back to work on Wednesday fixated on the Games in Sochi.
Much of the chatter for the day centred on Team Canada’s narrow 2-1 win over Latvia, but for the Russian Bryzgalov and the Finnish Joensuu, their focus was on their own nations. Finland topped Russia 3-1 in the men’s hockey quarterfinal, knocking the host Russians out of the tournament.
“While I was in Finland we were struggling really bad on medals in skiing and I was depressed a couple of days there when Sweden was winning and we were not getting anything,” Joensuu said.
“And (on Wednesday) when I woke up I’d heard that Finland had beaten Russia and that we got gold and silver from skiing. So I guess I was the bad luck.”
“When I turned the TV on, I saw the scoreboard (said) 3-1. I was…maybe no...