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Russians Still Looking To Hit Stride: Volchenkov’s Defense Could Be Difference Maker

GenXXXL breaks down the Russian team in anticipation of the 2010 Olympic quarter-finals game between the Canada and Russia. In particular, GenXXXL believes that the Russian blueline and defencemen Anton Volchenkov could be a difference maker.

The complete counter to Gonchar would be Anton Volchenkov. Where Gonchar is flash and dash, joining the rush to tip the offensive scales in favor of his team, Volchenkov is a stay at home defenseman.

He is consistently among the league leaders in blocked shots and is considered one of the toughest players in the league. He has won gold at the World Junior Championships, plus gold and silver at the World Cup. This will be his second Olympic appearance in his career.

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