January 5, 2005
Ovechkin rubbed out of game
By TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun
Alexander Ovechkin tipped his hat to Canada last night but not with his right hand.
The Russian star watched the final period of his team's 6-1 loss to Canada in street clothes after suffering a right shoulder injury.
"Congratulations to Team Canada," Ovechkin said in English after the game. "I think the Canadian people must be proud of this team. We started well, but then the Canadians started hitting and we were not in the rest of the game."
Russian coach Sergei Gersonskiy said Ovechkin will need surgery, but Ovechkin did not know the extent of the injury.
He apparently suffered it after colliding with Patrice Bergeron early in the second period.
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Ovechkin, the first pick overall by the Washington Capitals, had wondered earlier about the ability of Canadian goalie Jeff Glass, who had not faced many shots in the tournament. Canada fans went to bed last night still unsure about Glass' ability, because he never did have any pressure in this tournament.
"We all have gold medals around our necks, and he is left with nothing," Glass said. "If you are going to say something like that, it comes back to bite you in the butt."
Another phenom enjoyed a much better end to his world junior tournament. Sidney Crosby had just an assist last night, but his defensive play last night and through the tournament was excellent. Crosby was one of 12 Canadian players who fell hard in the gold-medal game against the U.S. last year and returned to play this year.
"This is a dream come true," Crosby said. "I was happy for the opportunity this year to play with Patrice (Bergeron) and Corey (Perry). To have this feeling and have everything pay off in the past three weeks is unbelievable."
That's how Bergeron found the experience too. He won gold with the national men's team but said this was better.
"I am pretty happy to be here," Bergeron said. "It was the experience of my life because I was with guys my own age."