AWKKKWARDDD. Russia lost to France at hockey worlds on Thursday. You know, the Russia that has a mix of KHL and NHL players. The defending champions. The hosts of next year’s Olympics. And the France that has one NHL player while the rest of the team plays in the French league? Those guys. They won. (Photos: Heikki Saukkomaa/AP; Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
“It’s deja vu,” general manager Kevin Lowe said after a 4-3 quarter-final loss to Slovakia on Thursday.
It’s the first time in history Canada has made an early exit from the tournament on three straight occasions. The country also suffered quarter-final losses in 2010 and 2011.
“It hurts like hell right now,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf. “I feel like I let the guys down. To be in a hard-fought game like that and play the tournament we did and lose in that fashion, it’s not easy to swallow as a group.
“The guys worked way too hard to be delivered something like that.”