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Moscow Times: Ovechkin a 'Major Disappointment'

Never thought I'd read those words. But there they were, in this article in the Moscow Times.

As I said in an earlier entry, I did not follow the World Championships very closely. I had too many other work obligations (NASCAR in Richmond, a couple of days on the Nats, the project story I'm reporting). But I guess I didn't realize A.O.'s performance could be considered a "major disappointment," or that someone would call him "almost invisible."

Despite missing out on gold, there were some bright spots in Russia's play, particularly the performance of Evgeni Malkin, who was named in the tournament's All-Star team.
The 20-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center, the youngest member of the Russian team, was undoubtedly its best player. He scored several spectacular goals, highlighted by a great individual effort in a 4-0 quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic.
While Malkin stood out, Alexander Ovechkin was a major disappointment.
Last year's NHL rookie of the year was almost invisible during the tournament, scoring just one goal in the opening game, a 9-1 thrashing of Denmark.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 14, 2007; 8:52 PM ET
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