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Alex Oveckin: We're not the favorites

Alex Ovechkin said Monday that Russia -- despite the presence of stars such as Evgeny Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk, as well as himself and Caps teammate Alexander Semin -- is not the team to beat in the men's tournament.

Russia, whose first game is Tuesday against Latvia, finished fourth in Turin and is looking for its first gold since 1992, when the Unified Team won gold in Albertville. The nation is hosting the next Winter Games in Sochi, so that provides pressure as well. Ovechkin said the Turin performance isn't important.

"It was a long time ago," he said. "We have a different coach and different players, and I think we have a good team. The most important thing is the result and to have a good feeling."

Canada is definitely a contender, and this hockey-mad country is hoping its beloved Sidney Crosby can bring home an Olympic medal.

"Every team is a dangerous opponent and it is going to be a pretty hard battle," Ovechkin said.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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does anyone know if the first Russian game is on TV and is it live?

Posted by: tony28 | February 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I set my dvr on CNBC for the hockey games tonight. Not sure if it's live but I'll take the opportunity to watch it, live or not.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

what time do they start EST??

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | February 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Ovie's correct. Russia's not the team to beat. To get the gold, you'll have to get past awesome Sweden, Canada and Russia in that order....

Posted by: randysbailin | February 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know if the first Russian game is on TV and is it live?
Posted by: tony28 | February 16, 2010

Russia v. Latvia live tonight on CNBC, 11:55 p.m. EST.

Posted by: Dalliquippa | February 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Always tape both the scheduled block and the next one. The games are not starting according to the scheduled time slots.

Posted by: buzzkill1 | February 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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