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Ovechkin eliminated again: Team USA crushes Russia

May 16, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

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Apparently Alex Ovechkin can see the future.

When talking about his recent struggles in the first round of the Washington Capitals’ series against the New York Rangers, Ovechkin said, “I didn’t score and we lose. I score we lose.”

That was the case this morning as Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a crushing 8-3 loss to Team USA.

“We lost due to egregious mistakes in the neutral zone, even though we talked about it,” Ovechkin said, according to Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov. “This is carelessness.”

Ilya Kovalchuk failed to record a point for Russia in this quarterfinal match. Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny was the hero for America with two goals and four points. His efforts helped chase out Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov following his interesting Russian interview.

Bryzgalov was replaced late in the second period by Stastny’s Avalanche teammate, Semyon Varlamov, who didn’t fare any better.

Among the other notable players was 23-year-old Craig Smith, who had five assists for Team USA after recording 12 points in 44 games for Nashville this year.

Russia, which beat America in the Preliminary round, has now been eliminated after winning the IIHF tournament last year. Team USA will play against either Switzerland or the Czech Republic in the Semifinals.

  1. jpdoc26 - May 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    LOL Bryz

    • maalea - May 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Bryz let in 1 softy and a bleeder on a 2 on 1. He wasn’t sharp at all.
      Varlamov was brutal.

      Outside of Tretiak, The Soviets/Russians goalies have been a national weakness.

      • dolanster - May 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Umm, Bobrovsky?

      • maalea - May 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        OK. Bob has a good 3 months and now he’s a National treasure?

      • maalea - May 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        The least you could have done is brought up Khabibulin.

        The point I’m making is that as good as their forwards are, The goalies haven’t been stellar.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        By and large the most hot-and-cold goaltenders in the world. They stand on their heads and challenge for the Vezina one season, then take a huge s*** the next. Is it just the teams they end up on? Bryz lights it up in Phoenix, then goes to Philly and tanks. Bob does ok in Philly but tears in up in Columbus. Maybe goalies just need to stop going to Philly? Who knows.

      • buckeye044 - May 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Their own fault. Bob didnt go because they told him he would sit behind Bryz.

    • sabatimus - May 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      This is funny on so many levels.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I’m a consistent Bryz critic, but up until this debacle he had actually been very solid. Varlamov’s production and performance wasn’t even close to Bryzgalov’s

    • valoisvipers - May 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      LOL OV

  2. jpdoc26 - May 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    LOL Ovechkin

    • bgrillz - May 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      LOL Russia

      • steelpenbucs87 - May 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        LOL Vodka

  3. miketoasty - May 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Alright, I need some questions answered. I thought this was PenguinsHockeyTalk.com and I don’t see a single mention or picture of the penguins in this article. What the heck is going on. /s

    • jpdoc26 - May 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      There’s not one Penguins article on the first page of this website, genius.

      • miketoasty - May 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Pssst, the /s at the end of my comment is internet speak to denote everything before it is sarcasm.

        It was a joke being that I don’t remember his name but somebody keeps posting on various posts saying that everything is related to Crosby or the Penguins. I thought it would be funny but I guess I’m too smart for my own good.

      • barkar942 - May 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Don’t worry, miketoasty- I got your sarcasm and I have got your back!

      • no - May 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        this website is autistic

  4. watermelon1 - May 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Good, he’ll be rested for yet another meaningless regular season in which they will win their newer and much tougher division… But then fizzle in the playoffs.

    • bgrillz - May 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      The aren’t winning their new division. That’s silly talk.

      • bgrillz - May 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        *they

    • barkar942 - May 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Playoffs? Isn’t he the one that said he is going to play for the Russians in the Olympics no matter what the NHL does?
      I don’t really think his priorities are in the right place when it comes to who he makes all of his money from.

  5. nananatman - May 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    It’s the Gulag with you Ilya, the Gulag!!

  6. rgledz - May 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Let me guess……it was the refs fault, right Ovi??

    • barkar942 - May 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      No, it was NBC and the NHL conspiracy to get a game 7.

  7. kingsforever - May 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    This would be cool if this tourney actually meant anything. Who decides to host it right when the best players in the world are in the Cup playoffs?

    • hazlydose - May 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Are you new to hockey? The world championships are also going on during the playoffs. And they do mean a lot to the European countries, not so much to the North American countries as it is always the consolation for not making the playoffs or getting knocked out in the first round.

      • hazlydose - May 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        *always, not also

  8. jaredo10 - May 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    lol- Russian dude from Rocky movie

  9. tarotsujimoto74 - May 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    How the hell is this team winning as a team full of third liners? Has anyone come over the join the team (the plethora of Americans on the habs)?

    • cweez2 - May 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Pacioretty has a separated shoulder, B. Gionta has a torn bicep. Galchenyuk is over there, and scored a goal today.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Stastny has been a beast. He’s been huge for them.

  10. bardown66 - May 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    USA, only things Russia is better at than the United States are having more human rights violations and more cases of alcoholism. At least you have the occasional hot tennis player. We are stuck with the Williams trolls.

  11. whiskytango333 - May 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Clearly the IIHF wanted Russia out of the tournament……

  12. windmiller4 - May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Am i the only one who thought it was odd that Ovie knew a word like Egregious. Not calling him stupid, its just a little used english word, and he’s russian.

  13. banger60 - May 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO, Somebody call my Momma! LOLOLOL

  14. banger60 - May 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I almost forgot, GO RANGERS!!!!

  15. govtminion - May 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Wait, two goals and two assists for Stastny?

    NOW he can play up to potential? Wanna try doing that during the NHL season once in a while, maybe that would help the Avalanche a little?

    • 19to77 - May 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Dude, he was shooting on Ilya Bryzgalov. Anyone can look like an All-Star against that guy.

  16. prov1x - May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    You can’t stop Craig Smith, you can only hope to contain him.

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