Russian sniper emulates Ovechkin

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

It was no surprise that Iya Gavrilova showed up to her post-game interview wearing a Washington Capitals hat.

She did, after all, look a lot like her countryman, Alexander Ovechkin, on her second goal in Russia's 7-0 win over Kazakhstan yesterday.

Gavrilova skated in on a breakaway, moved to her left and -- NHL shootout style -- used her right hand to bring the puck back to the right and flip the puck past the sliding Kazakh goalie, Kate Rhyzhova.

It was a highlight-reel goal from the talented Russian, who has great speed, soft hands and quick moves. Gavrilova, however, said Ovechkin wasn't the only inspiration for her move.

"Ovechkin, (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin ... they all score the same way," said Gavrilova, who also wears No. 8, just like Ovechkin.

Gavrilova watches as much NHL action as she can back home in Russia, but she said Ovechkin will always be her favourite.

KIDS, KIDS AND MORE KIDS: There will be nearly 8,500 school children at today's relegation-round game between Germany and Russia at MTS Centre.

The game starts at noon, and the kids will walk from The Forks to MTS Centre beginning at 11:15 a.m. The Winnipeg Police Service will provide an escort and block off city streets to ensure the kids get to the arena safety.

It is being done this way because WWHC organizers say it is logistically impossible to get that many buses parked at MTS Centre to drop of the children.

The kids will then take part in another parade back to The Forks after the game.

GIANT BOO-BOO: It was her first-ever start against the hated rivals from Canada, a game in front of 15,000-plus dressed in Red and White (and pink) at MTS Centre.

On national television, no less.

How did United States goaltender Jessie Vetter kick off her inaugural international appearance Saturday afternoon?

With a bad goal.

A whiff. A muff. A giant boo-boo.

The play was innocent enough. As Canada's Katie Weatherston directed the puck towards the net, a hard-charging Kelly Bechard was closing in on the 21-year-old goaltender.

Distracted, or just unsure of what Bechard was going to do, Vetter mis-played the puck, allowing it to slowly find the corner of the net for the first goal of the game.

Just 81 seconds into her debut on the world stage.

"I mean, my first start ever versus the Canadian national team and then I let in the third shot on a dump in," Vetter said after she dropped a 5-4 shoot-out decision to Canada on Saturday.

"It just caught me off guard. I was expecting a tip and then I thought I had it covered and I didn't. That was tough, but I tried to forget about it and play as hard as I could."


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