Nightmare ending for Team Russia

The weight of the gold-medal quest just too heavy a burden for host nation

Updated: February 19, 2014, 1:45 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- With about three minutes to go, Alex Ovechkin rushed up the ice and zipped a pass up through the middle that was intercepted by Teemu Selanne.

It was that kind of day, that kind of tournament, that kind of nightmare Olympics for the most marketable Russian hockey player in the world.

Make no mistake, the Washington Capitals captain will wear this massive Russian Olympic hockey failure around his neck, fair or not.

Heck, even his Russian coach made sure of ...

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