Russia still steaming about ref who waved off goal against U.S.

Team USA's goalie Jonathan Quick sits on the ice with teammate Brooks Orpik as goalscorer Russia's...

Team USA's goalie Jonathan Quick sits on the ice with teammate Brooks Orpik as goalscorer Russia's Pavel Datsyuk is seen on the scoreboard during the second period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 15, 2014. (REUTERS)

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Wow. Russians can really hold a grudge, can't they?

Days after a would-be winning goal was disallowed in the U.S.-Russia men's hockey game because the net was dislodged -- call it the Bay of Pegs incident -- hockey fans there are still seething.

The referee who called back the goal (and the call was correct, as per international rules) was American Brad Meier. So Russian hockey fans took out their frustration at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Hockey journalist Igor Eronko tweeted Monday a photo of an anti-Meier protest sign outside the U.S. compound along with picketers. Eronko said when roughly translated the message reads that Meier needs glasses, "but more rude."

In Saturday's U.S-Russia round-robin game, Fedor Tyutin appeared to make it 3-2 in the third period. But American goalie Jonathan Quick, sliding across the crease, had knocked the net slightly off one mooring seconds before.

Upon video review, Meier waved waved off the goal. If a net is dislodged, even slightly, play must be whistled dead.

The game went to a shootout, where T.J. Oshie scored a now-legendary four goals on six attempts to win it for the Americans.

The Russian team is playing under enormous pressure at these Olympics on home soil. For many citizens, the overall success of the Sochi Games will rise or fall on the fortunes of the men's hockey squad.

The players have recovered from the loss, having beaten Slovakia 1-0 Sunday.

But that clearly hasn't calmed Russian hockey fans. Not even close.

 

 


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