GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Canada has never beaten Russia in the gold-medal game at the world juniors and Alexander Ovechkin delighted in reminding everyone last night of the most recent occasion Russia defeated Canada. "Do you remember Halifax, when all people said Team Canada would win . . . but we win and we prove all people Russia is better?" said Ovechkin, who was 17 in 2003 when Russia rallied to edge Canada 3-2.
"We think Canada is just a team, not a god."
Ovechkin, the first player selected in the 2004 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals, raised a question on a lot of minds here: Just how good is Canadian goalie Jeff Glass? He has been tested very little.
"We think they have good forwards and good defencemen, but nobody knows how is the goalie," Ovechkin said.
Ovechkin scored two goals last night, his sixth and seventh of the tournament, as Russia defeated the defending-champion U.S. 7-2, including two empty-net goals.
On a team dominated by college players, Rob Schremp of the London Knights and Patrick O'Sullivan of the Mississauga IceDogs scored the U.S. goals.