Before Alex Ovechkin left for Sochi, Capitals coach Adam Oates had these words of advice for his 28-year-old captain:
“I said to him, ‘You’ve got to go over there and be the fastest, hard-working guy you can possibly be, because that’s what they’ll remember if something bad happens.’ If something good happens, great. It’s a Cinderella story. It’s a fairy tale, right? And that’s what we all hope for him.
“But you can’t guarantee that. I just want him to come out [of the Olympics] feeling that he left it on the table. He did the best he could possibly do and hopefully, that’s what people will say about him. I think no matter what happens, if he does that, he will come back with a positive experience.”
Including Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Norway, Ovechkin has one goal on 21 shots in four Olympic games with Team Russia. Both of his points [goal and assist] came in Russia’s opening game, a 5-2 win over Slovenia.
"Overall we've played well,” Ovechkin told reporters before Saturday’;s win over the Norwegians. “Everybody wants to beat Russia at home. It's the Olympic Games; nobody wants to make mistakes. We take what we take, and we're going to play in the future."
Here’s a quick look at Ovechkin’s play against Norway:
-Playing on the right side, Ovechkin had trouble finding open ice against Norway defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, a 6-foot-2, 209-pounder who closed quickly on the Capitals’ 28-yer-old captain. Ovechkin was limited to two shots in each of the first two periods and none in the third.
-Ovechkin’s best chance to score came with just under 8 minutes remaining in the third period and the Russians leading 2-0. He broke in alone on Norwegian goaltender Lars Haugen but was tripped from behind and fanned on the backhander as he was headed to the ice. Under any rules he should have been rewarded with a penalty shot but was not.
Points – 0
Shots on goal - 4
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - Even
Ice time – 16:23
Shifts - 19
Average shift - 0:51
Wednesday 2/19 – Russia vs. Finland at 7:30 a.m.