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Ovechkin’s Hit on Jagr Sets Tone In Russian Victory
Being physical is nothing new when it comes to Alex Ovechkin‘s style of play on the ice, but we have mentioned before that the energetic superstar does seem to show that much more pride when he is playing for his country. During yesterday afternoon’s final round robin game against the Czech Republic, that sense of pride seemed to turn Ovi into a wrecking ball, and Jaromir Jagr was just another building that got in the way.
With the game tight and Russia ahead 2-1, both teams were looking for a spark that would give their side the advantage. The Russians found it in the shoulder of Ovechkin. With Jagr seemingly thinking that is was still 1998, when he was dominant and the Russians were allergic to hitting, he cut across the middle of the ice with his head down and was leveled by The Great 8, who was licking his chops at the sight of another deer in the headlights.
The hit would result in a Russian goal of the stick of Evgeni Malkin only seconds later, giving them the 3-1 lead. The Czech’s would bring it back to within a goal before Pavel Datsyuk‘s empty netter sealed things for Russia as they captured top spot in Group B.
Now Ovechkin and company will sit back and wait for the winner of a qualifying game between Canada and Germany. Should the Canadians regain their scoring touch, this would set up for a much anticipated grudge match between bitter rivals, Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin.
You can bet Ovi will be looking to make Sid his next victim. Just don’t expect Crosby to allow that to happen on his home turf.