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Ovechkin, Russia stunned by Czech Republic

Alex Ovechkin suffered a little more heartbreak earlier today in a season I'm sure he's eager to put behind him.

As you may have seen by now, Russia's 27-game winning streak at the world championships was halted today by a 2-1 loss to Jaromir Jagr and the Czechs in the gold medal game in Germany.

Unfortunately, I was traveling/writing and missed the game. But here's a good recap from the AP via TSN.ca:

The eventual winner was scored off the skate of captain Tomas Rolinek late in the second period just after Alex Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov accidentally collided.

Ovechkin finished without a point, as did Alexander Semin, who didn't have shot, either. Semin also skated only 1:11 in third period, according to the box score.

Semyon Varlamov, meantime, made 23 saves in his only loss of the tournament.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 23, 2010; 8:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ummm Ovi is 0 - 3 this year just wondering if maybe we should trade him.

Posted by: instinct227 | May 23, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@instinct227

please tell me your joking!

Shake it off Ovie! you had a rough year, but you're young, talented, driven, and destined for greatness! See you in October!

Posted by: capscoach | May 23, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It's a meaningless tournament, it shouldn't matter to anyone. I'm glad none of our players got injured.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

its meaningless to you but not OV, semin, Varlamov, etc.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 23, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

@capsfansince74

thank you! It is so rude for people to be judging what has worth. Worlds is very important to European counrtries and it was frankly very selfless of Ovie, Semin, Varly, and Laich to go play after such a long and dissapointing season. North American countries are not the only countries that matter! Lets show a little more respect people

Posted by: capscoach | May 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It's not about respect, or lack thereof. The fact is that many of the best players are not playing; they're either still in the playoffs or recovering from the season. Good for those players wanting to compete, but it's basically an exhibition.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 23, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny, the World's was a "chance for redemption" earlier, however now that Russia has lost it is "meaningless tournament." Let's make up our minds.

Posted by: Sportsfan2010 | May 23, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Ovi and Semin just shake this off and that fans stop bickering about it. Next NHL season will be great---no doubt about that. Time to look forward.

And I'm wondering if the fact that Chicago will be in salary cap trouble next year bodes well for the Capitals. Does it mean the Blackhawks will have to get rid of some of their considerable talent?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 23, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Better luck to Ovi and Semin for next year. It's been a rough year for them.

On today's game, they posted some pictures of them on the Blog "Russian Machine Never Breaks".

http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2010/05/23/ovechkin-semin-and-varlamov-end-year-with-devastating-loss-in-world-championships-gold-medal-game-to-czech-republic/#more-4431

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 23, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Hatfield223 is clueless...

Posted by: jakopz | May 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Why do you say that, jakopz?

If you don't have the best players playing, and if many of the ones who are participating are coming into the tournament in various stages of recovery from fatigue and/or injury, how can you think of it as anything even approaching the SC playoffs or the Olympics in terms of importance??

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 24, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

@ Hatfield223

Olympians Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer, Jarome Ignila, and Eric Staal, Maxim Afingenov, Jonas Hiller, Mark Streit, Phil Kessel, David Backes as well as Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Mikko Koivu, Dion Phaneuf, etc. didn't play a minute in the SC playoffs. Since these guys didn't play in the SC playoffs, I guess that means its a meaningless tournament as well.

Tough loss for the guys, though they have no reason to be ashamed. Even though they had the best individual players, hockey is still a team sport.

Watching WC and the SC playoffs has made me realize that our young core has plenty of raw talent, but need some Cup winners to get them over the hump. The Pens and Hawks have Cups winners throughout their organization, with the benefits being seen in the development of their young players. Watching these young teams succeed has instilled doubts into the minds of the us fans and probably the players. I really hope this organization realizes that Ovi, Nick, et al need guidance before the loser mentality sets in.

Posted by: ablake70 | May 24, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

USA did not win. That's all I care about.

I am a Caps fan not a Russia fan. Ovy will get over this just like the other chokes this year by his TEAMS. Not by just him.

Posted by: Mike4169 | May 24, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

I love OV. But,maybe he should concentrate more on Winning the Cup,going further in the NHL Play Offs. All this other stuff has been a distraction all year. Tewd's paying you,not the Kremlin. I understand he loves is country,I applaud him for his patriotism. But the man is paying him 100 mill large. Let's move forward with that goal.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 24, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Bykov is an idiot. Semin skated that minimal time partly because Bykov had him sit in the box to serve a 5 min. major for Emelin, who was ejected. The irony is that one reason BB started using Semin on the PK more the last 2 seasons was watching him on the PK in the 2008 WC. He's good at it, but Bykov seems to have forgotten that.

Posted by: Steakum | May 24, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I hope Semin isn't hurt. 1:11 is not a lot of ice time.

Posted by: griz0615 | May 24, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

@griz0615

There was some question about that, too. He sat out the semi-final game due to not feeling well. Then early in yesterday's game he was hit into the boards hard and was attended to on the bench. Other than that, it's hard to say why. Bykov had the lines totally messed up for awhile trying to get something going (sound familiar?). Also, Feds totally missed the 3rd period from injury due to the collision with Ovi, which unfortunately started with Semin and Ovi not seeing each other and Ovi tripping over Semin right into Feds.

Posted by: Steakum | May 24, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Varly getting this experience is great as he's going to have a tough time in camp since the job is not 100% his.

What do you think about bringing in Turco for 1-2 years?

Posted by: flee001 | May 24, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I imagine Turco will want anywhere around 4-4.5 million per year. I'd have to say no to that one.

Posted by: Fro_ | May 24, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

First of all, I agree, I don't care about Russia. Especially after the Caps got upset in round 1.

Second of all, we are missing the obvious...

"The game winner was scored after of Ovechkin and Federov collided"...

There is NO WAY that had an effect on the game winner...that would have to mean Ovechkin was in the defensive zone...and we all know that is never the case...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | May 24, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

And Semin skating only 1:11 in the third...that, is awesome...

I'm sure Ovechkin is happy with his Silver Medal. The Cup would have been too heavy for him to carry anyhow...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | May 24, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm not Russian, so I could not care less about Russia losing the Czech Republic.

As for the Caps, I think this is a good thing. After the Caps crapped out in seven against the Flyers, the Russians won gold at the Worlds. Supposedly, that victory was going to propel the Caps to playoff success. Not so much. I hope that this loss (combined with losses in the Olympics and NHL Playoffs) will force Ovechkin, Varlamov, and Semin (assuming no trade) to work harder in the offseason.

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | May 24, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey SoaringCaps, how about pulling your finger out of your a$$ and changing your name back to SinkingCaps or whatever it was, you lame troll.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | May 24, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm a euro but I consider this tournament more of an exhibition. In fact the team I played youth hockey for in Germany stated the following after their season ended (in essence): "Coming up after the season Germany will be hosting the WM and most importantly the Stanley Cup playoffs will be starting soon!"

Even to German hockey fans who were hosting the Worlds were a side show to the nhl playoffs.

Posted by: BorntoHula | May 24, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The Olympics, by defintion, is also an exhibition. It is a tournament that is arbitrarily held(no contractual agreements from players) where the competitors play for their national teams for free.

I personally do not care too much about the World Championships and didn't care too much about the Olympics either. But that doesn't mean others should or should not care about it. That is up to each person individually. Judging from the pictures it looks as though the competitors cared a great deal about the World Championships. Anyone who thinks they have the authrority to tell those players, or anyone else, what they should or shouldn't care about is an idiot.

Posted by: sgm3 | May 24, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

For real? The WCs are quite important to players from countries other than US and Canada (*generalization alert!*: although the Canadians probably care a little bit more than the US players, just because their overall views seem to be traditionally more global than ours). Anyway, it's not hard to understand.

The IIHF system is a feeder system from juniors on up. Were it not for this system, many of the players from European countries who play in the NHL may not have made it there. The NHL routinely scouts prospective NHLers in other countries as they develop and the IIHF makes this possible. The opportunities for players in many other countries to develop their game, showcase their skill set and advance are also more limited than in US or Canada.

Therefore, many players understand this tournament as a chance to both give back to the system that provided them with opportunities to advance as well as to represent their respective countries. If they are available and can play, they do so without question. Again, not too sure why this is so difficult to understand. Hockey does not begin and end with the NHL (*thank goodness*) - it's a big ole hockey-playin' world out there! (Also by the way, Ovie had a great WCs, as did many of Caps' other Russian players. Surely they wanted gold but losing and earning a silver ain't too shabby, despite how the prevailing "all-or-nothing" winds blow here on these boards.)

I know many of you will focus on the "if they are available" part of what I wrote and launch into the now familiar rant about "if the Caps players/team/organization didn't choke, they wouldn't be available" and so on and so forth, blah, blah, blah. Blah. Oh, and add in there about how heavy/lazy/choky/uncommitted/etc. Ovie is. Blah.

Look, we're all upset/disappointed at the way the season ended for the Caps. When will it be time to move on?? It really feels like for some here, the Caps will never be good enough. Can't wait until they do win a Cup and have to defend it the following season, like the Pens did this season, with a similar outcome. Some posters here could/would/will implode...

The Caps had a great reg season and a crappy post season. It's a sure bet that the players and coaches are far more heartbroken than any of us but are now focusing on next season. I, for one, miss them already and can't wait for October!

Go CAPS!!!

Posted by: nena1 | May 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Hatfield - i dont think anyone would say the worlds are as important as the olympics or the stanley cup, but looking at the pics of the Russian players, its hard to say its meaningless and they shouldnt care. Semin is crying for god sake.

Do i care - not really. But clearly the players do.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 24, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Ovie, Jizz, Varly, Feds, Laich and Kozlov (I'm sorry if I left anyone out)....that being said. I was pulling for team USA (after all, I am American). I got to watch a few of these games, and it was a pretty exciting tourney. I'm sure all these players were excited when they entered it and wanted to win....it was a big deal to them.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 24, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

where is lylewimbeldon when you need him to say, "Choking dogs!"

Posted by: doughless | May 24, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's the trifecta. Choked in the Olympics, choked in the playoffs, and choked in the WC's. What an awful year for the Russian Caps. One could only hope they keep the pedal to the metal next season - especially Semin. Sadness.

Posted by: fbutler1 | May 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Watching MON self destruct...how o how did we lose to them?

Posted by: ralCapsFan | May 24, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

If these guys (Ovie, Semin, Backstrom, Green, Laich, Fleishmann and Varly) have not learned the lesson that an individual will never win no matter how talented they are by now, they never will! Let Ovie and Semin keep chasing for that one elusive medal or award thinking that they are the "difference" maker, but until they actually put in the hard work and commitment to be a complete "team" player, they will never be focused enough to win in anything. It is too bad that Ovie, Backstrom and Semin never went through the Hershey system to experience that feeling of final victory. But at least Green and Fleishmann will always have that feeling forever (Maybe the only final they will ever have!). Go ahead guys, prove me wrong! I dare you!

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 25, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Did BB coach for the Russians? It could of been but the Russians actually got to the finals. Fire BB.

Posted by: pkme | May 25, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

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