Ovechkin scored GWG, got the first star of the game and was presented by the tournament organizers with Swiss watch.
"We didn't start the game well," commented Alexander the Great. "we must score on PP. But God was on our side. In the end, we scored an empty netter and erased all the doubts".
Who gave you a fat lip?
I collided with the Slovakian goalkeeper.
What do you think about Koshechkin? [Russian goalie, Varly didn't play -tj]
He was very good. The fact that they scored on him was not his problem. There a Slovakian player shoot the puck very cunningly. A goal is a goal, but nobody blames Vasya [Goalie's first name -tj].
Why it was such a difficult game against Slovaks, it is clear that they didn't have the Olympic team roster.
I know their coach Glen Hanlon, who worked with me in Washington. He likes to play defense first [Isn't what we need now? :-) -tj]. Slovaks played strong d, waited for our mistakes on the blue line. And they used it once.
Did you talk to Hanlon?
Nah, we just said hello to each other.
According to Russian observers from gzt.ru:
Kovalchuk, Ovechkin and other stars of team Russia continued their Vancouver suffering in Cologne . Kovalchuk, who is now serving as team's captain, was absolutely invisible on the ice. And Ovechkin, though he scored, was playing without his usual bright and aggressive manner, to put it mildly, he didn't impress. But the most unpleasant surprise was the total absence of team's play. It was especially evident when they played on power play. Be the rivals more fortunate, the Victory Day could be another failure for Head Coach Bykov and his team.
Today is the Victory Day in Russia. С Днём Победы!
Our field reporter Emily is reporting live from Germany:
P.S. It's official, Pavel Datsyuk is flying to Germany and will play in the second round.
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