Russia eliminated Team USA from the World Junior Championships in the quarterfinals Thursday morning, and they didn’t do it quietly.
The reigning gold-medal winners were sent packing following a 5-3 loss but, to make the loss even harder to swallow, the Russians weren’t necessarily humble winners. After Pavel Buchnevich‘s empty-net goal sealed the win, he skated by the American bench and celebrated like he just won a gold medal, a Stanley Cup and the lottery all in one.
Buchnevich certainly wasn’t alone in the excessive celebration department, as friend of NESN Peter Blackburn was able to snipe a GIF of a Russian coach making an obscene gesture at the American bench (warning: gesture is very obscene), which can be seen here.
Buchnevich, a New York Rangers prospect, scored two goals for Russia. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, the Sabres’ 16th overall pick in 2013, scored two second-period power-play goals. Edmonton Oilers prospect and Russian captain Anton Slepyshev had three assists and was named the player of the game for his team.
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