Russian hockey players won gold but weren’t finished — they still had an anthem to sing

Kaprizov, a Minnesota Wild prospect, Kovalchuk, former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov — who was voted the tournament’s top defenseman — former Tampa Bay forward Nikita Gusev and former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk gave them a strong backbone of players who were familiar with an established system. The United States, Sweden, Finland and others were forced to scour second- and third-tier leagues around the world and try to make a whole out of a bunch of jumbled parts.