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Alex Ovechkin's hit helps Russia win

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin set the tone early by flattening Jaromir Jagr to set up a goal by Evgeni Malkin as the Russians beat the Czech Republic, 4-2.

"I think every play is a big part of the game," Ovechkin said. "When you are trying to do something and play more physical, your team wakes up and will gain the momentum all the time."

Click here to read the full story by Slava Malamud.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 9:23 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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