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All that remained would be Znarok, who got giddy applause from the Russian media upon entry to the news conference room, and whose introductory statement would be, through an interpreter, “I think that this gold medal at the Olympic Games is the answer to all of your questions, ladies and gentlemen of canadian goose jacket the press.” It would continue with calling it “the most important match of my life” and saying his apparent calm had been a “mask” to pacify his players and saying he “got lucky, I think,” when he pulled the goalie. Of the IOC decision, he said, “Yes, we understood this was going to be the case and we took it calmly. Russia is in our hearts.”

Then he answered a question by including, brusquely, “I’m pretty tired. Unfortunately you are no big help, ladies and gentlemen from the press.” Asked how those ladies and gentlemen of the press might be more helpful, he concluded with, “I never expect any help from you and I will never expect any help from you.” One more comment about team Canada Goose Jackets unity, and he left.

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“I think once a few hours and a couple days have passed, and we realize what we accomplished here for our country and hockey, it’s going to feel better and better,” Goc said.