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Yzerman: Russia, not Canada, is the favorite

Russia is the favorite for hockey gold, according to Steve Yzerman, the executive director for Canada's hockey team. Yzerman, trying to paint powerhouse Canada as an underdog, said during a news conference Saturday that it would be less of a stretch for Russia to come out on top.

"They're the No. 1-ranked team in the world," Yzerman said of the Russians, whose roster features Caps star Alex Ovechkin. "They're the favorite going into this tournament. We have to play our best, and with a little bit of luck the other countries can dethrone them."

"Do you think they'll have a parade in Moscow if the Russians win the silver medal? They won't," the former Detroit Red Wings star added. "The expectation in Russia is gold. The expectation in Sweden is gold. Whether they admit it or not, the USA is in this to win a gold medal."

And all of hockey-crazed Canada expects nothing less than gold. No pressure.

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 13, 2010; 7:51 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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