Dynamo lost to CSKA 2-4 in the last game of year 2013. Backstrom didn't play for rhe second game in a row. Sounds like his injury is more serious than initially reported.
KHL.ru reports that the refs sent Ovechkin "to rest" for holding the puck with his hands, although Alexander and the entire Dynamo bench vigorously protested that decision. As a result Ovechkin got mad and soon after his return from the penalty box scored a beautiful goal, beating defenseman Denis Denisov and the goalkeeper.
Ovi scores beautiful goal, starts @1:25
Ovi talked to media after the game (via SportBox.ru).
"We had more penalties. We had a great start, but couldn't finish our scoring chances and mademistakes which were used by the army team," said Ovechkin. "When I was sent to penalty box, the opponent scored the second goal. I was explained why. They said I tucked the puck and threw it forward. But we need to forget this game because of the New Year's eve. We should celebrate it well and prepare for the next games. As soon as we get out of the locker room and see our loved ones, relatives, friends, we should forget about the defeat. It's not the end of the world or something."
Ovechkin didn't notice any changes in the CSKA game with their new coach, "No changes. Just, again, they scored two goals on the power play. And power play makes a big difference in hockey. I don't think that we were less motivated. We just had to use those chances that we created, especially in the first period, when we didn't not give any opportunities for them to play. But everything happens."
Ovi was asked how he would celebrate the New Year, "In the country at the dacha, with the family. Have not celebrated the New Year in Moscow for a long time. So, I am really looking forward to this moment."
Update from Pavel Lysenkov: Ovechkin was very nervous and aggressive after the game. He did not want to talk to the media. He eventually did, to answer the questions in Russian. But he outright did not want to say a word about the lockout.
Pavel thinks the lockout is over and sez that Backstrom is already in the States according to his sources. In other news Bryzgalov quit CSKA, just like Nabokov did with SKA last year, I guess. But again, Pavel insist that it's because Bryz thinks the lockout is over.
Update from SE:
Byacheslav Butsaev, the interim head coach of CSKA said he had not heard about Bruzgalov leaving CSKA. He continued that it was planned for Bryz to skip the game against Moscow Dynamo because he had upper body injury in the game vs. St. Petersburg SKA.
Update from our field reporter Emily:
From their long road trip, I think after the game in Khabarovsk. The shirt looks like it could a new Ovi8 logo (for his Nike gear), and ... OMG that's Maria's Olympic Tennis towel.
I think what Ovi is saying is that he wants to ring in the New Year with Maria. ;) She's due to leave soon for the Australian Open. I think it will be quite hard for them to be apart.
this is Emily.
Photo via flawlessrussians.tumblr.com