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Mikael Granlund’s eye-popping goal was all Finland needed to best Russia for the second time this week, but the Finns still plied on while Russia’s offense looked lifeless. The 3-0 loss for Russia ends their chance at gold — they will face the Czech Republic for bronze Sunday at 10:00 AM Eastern Time — while Finland will move onto the championship game against Sweden.

Alex Ovechkin was more of a factor Friday than any other game in the tournament, though unluckily for him, in a negative way. The Great Eight was called for two slashing penalties after poking Finnish goalie Petri Vehanen on multiple occasions, while failing to convert on great chances to score. He finished the game a minus-one while registering five shots on goal and 18:31 of ice time. In five games since joining the team, Ovi has neither scored a goal or tallied an assist. Ouch.

Via Alex Ovetjkin, here’s the disappointed man himself after the game:

“We did not seize the moments that we created, and the first goal by Finns… I think it is one of the best ever goals that could happen in hockey. They had skill and luck, it was all in one pile for them. We had no luck on our side. The scoring chances were good, but we couldn’t put the puck in the net. We have a game ahead for the third place. It doesn’t matter who is the opponent. If Czechs then it’s Czechs. We just have to go out and win at least some kind of medal.”

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Goal of the century millennium.

Before the game, IIHF President Rene Fasel presents Vladimir Putin with a jersey after Russia was named the host nation of the 2016 Worlds. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Putin signs autographs for Team Russia’s fans. (Photo credit: Reuters)

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Team Finland celebrates Granlund’s goal. (Photo credit: Matthew Manor)

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Ovechkin and Team Russia react after the loss. (Photo credit: Reuters)

  • BobbyG

    It looks like the two highlights for Ovie this past season were the Winter Classic win over the Penguins and Russia’s win over Canada in the World Championships. Now it’s time for him to return home to rest and reflect on what went right and what went wrong for the Capitals in general and for him specifically. If Ovie is honest with himself, he will realize he was in poor shape at the start of the season. He admitted as much when he called Ted Leonsis prior to leaving for Slovakia to apologize for not doing things right. Ovie pledged to make changes to his training which is very good news, because IMO the seeds of his problems and struggles were sown way back last summer by his making poor decisions for training and in general having misplaced priorities about what was really important for him to play the best hockey he can.

    I want to see pics of Ovie training early and hard, and showing up for training camp in the best shape of his career. What he does to prepare will tell me everything I need to know about his commitment to be the best player and team leader he can be. Words are one thing, results are another thing entirely. And IMO only results count.