Хроника Хоккея


Russian star tunes out hype: We showed Canadian favourites in 2003, Ovechkin says
04.01.2005.. Snelgrove, Stephen. The Ottawa Citizen

 GRAND FORKS, North Dakota - Alexandre Ovechkin has seen it all before.

The 19-year-old Russian captain knows what it is like to face Canada in the gold-medal game of the world junior hockey championship -- he did it in 2003 in Halifax.

Ovechkin remembers the thrill of playing before a partisan Canadian crowd and emerging the winner in a 3-2 game.

"In Canada, it was the same. When we were in Halifax, people kept saying, 'Canada are champions, Canada are the best,'" Ovechkin said yesterday. "But we went on to the ice and we proved that Russia was the best. We must do the same (tonight)."

Ovechkin is just hoping there will be at least a few fans cheering for his team when Russia takes on Canada in the championship game at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"I think it is the same, but then we were in Canada and now we are in the U.S. I don't know what the fans will be doing, maybe there will be a lot of fans for Canada," Ovechkin said. "It is very important for people to watch the game and scream for Russia. It is very important to us to have some help."

Regardless of who the fans are cheering for, Canada will be paying very close attention to Ovechkin and teammate Evgeni Malkin. The pair were the first and second overall picks in last June's NHL entry draft, with Ovechkin going first overall to the Washington Capitals and Malkin being taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

They lead an explosive Russian squad that will give Canada's stingy defence it's toughest test of the tournament.

"We have to try and limit their time and space, much like we have done against the top players this whole tournament," Canadian captain Mike Richards said. "We can't let them gain the blue-line, can't let them have time to make their plays. They have the ability to do some things with the puck that are pretty amazing."

Even more important may be Canada's ability to take the body, having guys such as defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Shea Weber punish the Russians every time they touch the puck.

"You always want to go into a game knowing who their big guys are and really making them pay the price when they are in your zone," Richards said. "You have to make them think twice about crossing the line, try to get into their heads."

Canadian coach Brent Sutter acknowledged the talent of the Russians, who went 3-1 in the preliminary round before advancing to the final with a 7-2 win over the United States in Sunday's semifinal, but made it clear his club isn't going to make any huge adjustments to counter their attack.

"We're not going to, all of a sudden, decide that we're going to be a different type of team now," Sutter said of his club, which has allowed just six goals in posting a 5-0 record. ... I think Canada is a pretty good team, too. We've only given up six goals in this tournament and we've scored 35, so I think we've got some pretty good skill, too. We know what kind of a team Russia has, we know that they have some pretty good players."

Sutter won't make a big deal about matching line-for-line with the Russians despite having the advantage of last change. Instead, he will concentrate on making sure he has the right defensive combinations, with Canada's top pairing of Phaneuf and Weber drawing plenty of ice time against Ovechkin and linemates Dmitri Pestunov and Enver Lisin. Braydon Coburn and Shawn Belle will try to stop the line of Malkin, Sergei Shirokov and Alexander Radoulov.

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США, Россия, Чехия, Швейцария, Белоруссия
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Канада, Финляндия, Швеция, Словакия. Германия
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