Post game interview with team Russia's head coach Vyacheslav Bykov by Stanislav Guscha, SportBox.ru:
Do you think you didn't give enough playing time to Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin?
Is was important for us in the first game to let all the players to get into the game and to everyone to have enough time on the ice. Everyone in our team is an excellent player and everyone wants to have a lot of ice time. But we will use the potential of the players like Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk much more in the future, of course.
Today Ovechkin was tireless. There was an impression that he can never run out energy.
The energy potential of Alexander is very impressive. He can be compared with the nuclear power plant. He plays hockey which is ahead of this generation. But lately Ovechin played four games in five days, and it is important to control his ice time. Despite the fact that the tournament is short, we still have five games ahead of us, and they are very important.
In this game you didn't have some kind of preference of the power play unit, why?
In our team all four quintets are very strong. It is important that every time they go out on the ice, they should use the time allotted to them to the maximum. In this game we gave the opportunity to play PP to all quintets. But in the future we will have special teams, as they call them.
Russians are considered the favorite, but who are the favorites in your opinion?
I think it's Canadians.