|Author: Alexander Malyishov (SportExpress)|
Translated By: RussianProspects
|Ovechkin: There shouldn’t be a 2nd place finish for an athlete|
| Alexander Ovechkin, the potential first round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft,
is only 18 years old and is already called the best left wing in the Russian
Super League. On the same level as Sokolov, Kovalchuk and other stars, he is
one of the Russian squad’s main hopes to do well in Ostrava and Prague.
Prior to the team’s departure from Odintsovo, the young player gave an
interview to the Sport Express correspondent. |
Is it true that prior to the second game against the Czechs, Valeri Belousov
practiced with you shooting while screened by a defenseman?
A. Ovechkin: Actually, I constantly work on that element of the game while with
Dynamo with Valeri Belov. During practice, Valeri Konstantinovich at first just
stood there during the drill, and then started moving, simulating game situations.
As you can see, it helped! (smiling)
The two games for the third place at the EuroTour brought absolutely opposite
results. Can it be said that Jagr, Straka and Glavach, who did not play in the
second match in Prague, play a key role in the Czech squad’s lineup?
A. Ovechkin: Of course, they are hockey players of the highest level.
However, I believe that in Moscow we simply didn’t have luck on our side.
We did not convert on many scoring chances. For example, we didn’t score
on Ilya Kovalchuk’s and Sergei Zinovjev’s breakaways. In the second
game we used our scoring opportunities well, and won.
From the stands, it seemed that after the deciding overtime goal scored
by Sergei Zinovjev, you yourself were so happy, as if you just won the world championships
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