Ovechkin, Semin, Datsyuk on top line for Russia
Here's another Caps update from Slava Malamud of Russia's Sport-Express:
The Russians were once again in the spotlight during the second day of hockey practice at the Canada Hockey Place. They took the ice wearing four sets of colored jerseys, indicating the current line assignments. Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin were on the "Black Line," with Pavel Datsyuk playing center.
After the practice, I asked Pavel about how he felt being placed between two such super-energetic teammates.
"Placed?" said Datsyuk in mock outrage. "I feel great about being with them."
"But what is your first impression about practicing with them?"
"My first impression? They were already running back as I was still trying to get [to the blue line]."
Alexander Semin's jokester antics on the previous night were still a topic of conversation. As he didn't talk to the media after "stealing" a golf cart and going for a joy ride around the dorm, I decided to try my luck this time.
"Ah, come on, do you really want to ask that?" laughed Semin, jokingly making as if he were going to storm out of the mixed zone. "So I took a ride. Hey, the keys were left right in! I tried them, the cart turned on, so off I went. It was cold out there. Why not? I didn't steal it, it was a rental."
"Why did Viktor Kozlov refuse a ride when you asked him?"
"I don't know. Maybe he has outgrown this stuff."
"It is eerly similar of what Ovechkin and Mike Green did in Washington. Looks like he has inspired you."
"Why is it him [who inspired]? He had done this with me before!"
As for Ovechkin, he didn't stop to talk to the press as he was chosen for a random doping test after the practice. So, his designated place in the mixed zone was left empty. With this rather embarrassing sign in front.
Canadians are all hockey experts, my eye!
Taking a break from all the attention was probably a good thing for Ovechkin. On the first day of arrival, he didn't even have the time for dinner because he was so busy with autograph seekers. Later on, when he ran outside to take out the trash from the dorm room he shares with Ilya Nikulin, about twenty fans were waiting for him near the dumpster.
Also, late in the day the coaches broke the news that the Russian team captains have been chosen and Ovechkin, along with Kovalchuk, will be wearing an "A" on his jersey.
February 16, 2010; 9:44 AM ET
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