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Puck You, U.S.A.! Russian Media Starts Fake War On Ice

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The Cold War-era produced some of ice hockey's most spectacular memories. The latest U.S.-Russia match wasn't one of them.

After Russia dominated Team U.S.A. at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships this week (May 12), Moscow could be expected to relish the moment. The 6-1 thrashing -- handed down in front of a raucous pro-Russia crowd at Belarus's Minsk Arena -- was payback for the embarrassing loss suffered to the U.S. on home ice during the Sochi Olympics.

But while Team Russia quickly moved on, Russian media chose to rub it in by inventing a controversy by publishing -- as if it were real -- a fake news story citing a real U.S. official.

After the preliminary-round game, various mainstream media outlets reported that Washington had bitterly protested the loss:

Sports.ru: "State Department: U.S.A. Disagrees With Results Of Hockey Match..."

Nabat.in: "State Department: U.S.A. Disagrees With Results Of Hockey Match And Talks Sanctions..."

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