Ovechkin sets tone in Russia's win over Slovenia

Ovechkin sets tone in Russia's win over Slovenia
February 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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Much was made about the pressure awaiting Alex Ovechkin at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but it certainly didn't affect him early in Russia's Group A opener against Slovenia on Thursday morning.

Ovechkin stormed out of the gate with points on each of his first two shifts, including a goal just 77 seconds in. Russia would hold on with a 5-2 victory over Slovenia, who was participating in their first Olympic hockey game. Slovenia cut the lead to 3-2 late in the second period, but the Russians broke away with two more scores in the third to secure the win.

Highlights:

--Ovechkin's goal came at the 1:17 mark thanks to a nice setup by fellow former NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin. Malkin fed Ovechkin on a two-on-one chance while charging the net against goalie Robert Kristan. Ovi snapped a wrister into the net right before sliding into the boards. Former Capitals player Alex Semin earned a secondary assist on the goal. It was Ovechkin's first shift and first shot attempt of the 2014 Olympics.

--Ovechkin also recorded an assist on Malkin's goal at the 3:54 mark. Ovechkin fielded a long pass from Evgeny Medvedev and kicked the puck up the ice to Malkin. Malkin was skating at full speed and took the puck in stride through defenders to get a look right in front of the net. He made it count for the second goal to put Russia up 2-0 less than four minutes into the contest.

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Stats:

Points - 2 (goal, assist)
Shots on goal - 4
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - +2
Ice time - 17:24
Shifts - 17
Average shift - 1:01

Up next:

Saturday 2/15 - Russia vs. United States at 7:30 a.m.

[VIDEO: Ovechkin scores for Russia 1:15 into game]