In no discipline did Russia finish worse than third, compiling 75 points to Canada's 65 that won silver and the 60 that gave bronze to the Americans.
That some other countries sat out their top skaters or that the Russians did the same in pairs and dance didn't matter. This was never much of a contest.
''This games is the hardest for me,'' Plushenko said. ''All the fans are cheering so hard that you literally cannot do badly because they do everything with you. You get goose bumps.''
The Americans' bronze effort was led by world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who won both the short and free dance, and helped by national champion Gracie Gold's superb free skate, which the judges scored second behind Lipnitskaia.
But those are just details. This was a night for a Russian show that might be celebrated as much as the Bolshoi.
It signals the country's return to the top of a sport it had owned for decades. As the Soviet Union or Russia, the host nation had won 51 Olympic figure skating medals. But there were no golds in Vancouver four years ago, a first since the country was blanked in 1960.
''She has no spine,'' Gold added with a chuckle. ''But she has iron in her bones.''