Russians taunt Americans after eliminating them from World Juniors
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 after 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.
Check out the GIF of the celebration below:
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.