Ivan Morozov scored in overtime Saturday to give Russia the 5-4 victory over Sweden. The goal catapulted Team Russia into the World Junior Championship gold medal game while Sweden will play for bronze.
Back in Arlington, Virginia, Team Russia had a gregarious, gap-toothed cheerleader roaring for them at the Washington Capitals’ practice facility.
And after Morozov scored, Ovechkin made sure to let his good friend, Nicklas Backstrom, know about it.
“We all watch the game,” Ovechkin told The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “Backy is sad”
Asked if he was watching Russia vs. Sweden in #WJC2020, which Russia won in OT, Alex Ovechkin looked across the dressing room at Nicklas Backstrom and said, "We all watch the game. Backy is sad." #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) January 4, 2020
Around 11:20, RMNB’s Elizabeth Kong heard shouting and yelling coming from the Capitals’ locker room as she waited for the players to take the ice for their 12:15 PM practice. The celebrating was likely Morozov’s OT goal.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) January 4, 2020
The World Junior Championship has been a big deal to Caps players in the past too. During a January 2012 practice, Canadian Karl Alzner had to wear an ugly Team Russia jersey during practice to pay up to a bet to Alex Ovechkin.
Meanwhile in Colorado, Nikita Zadorov (Russia) taunted Gabriel Landeskog (Sweden) too after the game ended.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 4, 2020
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