Russia again fails to deliver at Games

Updated: February 25, 2010, 10:59 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It all sounded so darn good on paper.

Stack your team with nine KHL players, win the Olympic gold medal, show the world your fledgling league is just as good as the NHL, then enter your own Games in Sochi, Russia, in four years as the reigning champion.

You see, it wasn't enough that Russia was going to be a heavy contender in this Olympic hockey tournament. There was, as rumor would have it, tremendous pressure on coach Vyacheslav Bykov ...

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