Alex Ovechkin‘s 2014-15 season came to an end Sunday as Team Russia got crushed by Team Canada 6-1 in the World Championship gold-medal game. Yes, that’s two crushing defeats for the Russian Machine in five days.
Ovechkin left DC for the Czech Republic Thursday afternoon approximately 15 hours after the Caps lost to the Rangers in game seven. Ovi scored a goal and tallied an assist in Russia’s 4-0 semifinal win against the United States Saturday.
On Sunday, however, Ovechkin managed only two shots on goal in 15:57 of ice time. Russia’s roster, filled with mostly KHL players (and Evgeni Malkin), could not overcome Canada’s team full of NHL all-stars (plus Cody Eakin).
This is Ovechkin’s second silver medal in 11 career World Championship appearances. He’s also won three goals and two bronzes.
GIF by @myregularface
After the game, Ovi spoke to the Russian media in the mixed zone. Via Championat.com’s Maria Rogovskaya and an Igor Kleyner translation, Ovi explained that he had no regrets participating.
“We had a chance — we should have used our chances that we had in the first period. It seemed like the game was more open in the first period. Mozyakin had a good chance. I had a good chance. If we scored first, maybe it would have been a different game. In the second period frankly, we just made a mess of it. We only had one shot on goal. Canada played extremely well. You could see it’s a very experienced team with great class. Of course you can’t point fingers at anybody. It is what it is.
You say Canadian defense is more experienced? For us it’s a big plus that our young kids played against Crosby, Giroux, Burns. We have objectives earning such experience. Life goes on. We are moving forward. Of course I don’t regret I dashed across the ocean. There is nothing to be regretful about. Whoever could play, came.”
— Robin Fredriksson (@R_Fredriksson) May 17, 2015
My stream froze for a second on this shot of Ovi and it's like yes, that is how I feel about this game too pic.twitter.com/84ggWdLAIE
— High Heels & High Sticks (@hiheelshisticks) May 17, 2015
You have to feel for Alexander Ovechkin. pic.twitter.com/hK9thHXLFg
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 17, 2015
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