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TORONTO, September 25. /TASS/. The coaches of the Russian national team will try to learn their lessons from the performance at the World Cup of Hockey, head coach Oleg Znarok told reporters on Sunday.
The Russian team lost 3-5 to Canadians in the semifinal. "Of course, we wanted more but I am grateful to the guys that they fought to the end," Znarok said. "This was a good tournament, we will make our conclusions and move forward. Our time will come," he added.
"We lacked playing in the majority, we shot at the gates too little. I would not say that Alexander Ovechkin played badly. Maybe he is out of luck. In general, we are satisfied with his performance," the coach noted.
There can be no complaints about the Russian national team after their defeat in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey by the Canadian squad, Roman Rotenberg, Vice-President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said. "There can be no complaints about the team. Guys fought to the end, and this is what matters. We are getting ready for the next match with Canada," Rotenberg said.
"This is a good basis on which we can build the team. I think that this is the most important thing for coaches. Our team is a year younger than the Canadian team. It is good that the new generation of our players shows results at such a high level. This is very important for us, we want more young players to emerge who will take our team forward," he added.
The World Cup of Hockey is an international successor to the previously famous Canada Cup (held between 1976 and 1991). After the international event was inaugurated in 1996, it was staged only once again in 2004.
The World Cup of Hockey was organized by the NHL and therefore it was played according to the league’s rules unlike the annual Ice Hockey World Championships and the quadrennial Winter Olympic hockey tournaments, which are sanctioned by the IIHF and are played according to different rules.
The matches of the World Cup of Hockey are played outside the NHL regular season allowing the league’s best players to compete in the international event unlike the annual World Championships, which usually overlap with NHL’s playoffs.