Photo credit: Elena Rusko

After being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Alex Ovechkin joined Team Russia with hopes of a different outcome at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia. Once again, however, Ovi will began with summer vacation without a championship as Russia fell, 7-4, to the Czech Republic in the Bronze Medal Game. This ends an awful tournament for the Great Eight. After being held scoreless yet again — while registering four shots and being a minus-one — he ends the Worlds with zero points in six games.

Later in the day, Finland, the team that defeated Russia in the semi-finals, bested Sweden by a score of 6-1 to win its second ever World Championship.

As for Russia’s match, it was a wild one. The 11 total goals mark an all-time IIHF high for a third place game. Czech player Roman Cervenka — who plays for a Russian club team, Avangard Omsk of the KHL — netted a hat-trick, while teammate Petr Prucha — also of aRussian KHL team, in this case SKA Saint Petersburg — tallied two goals. On the other end, Devils’ star Ilya Kovalchuk was Russia’s main source of offense in the loss, registering two goals. Russian goalie Konstantin Barulin — who was drafted by the Blues in 2003 but opted to stay in homeland — took the brunt of the Czech offensive explosion, giving up six goals before the seventh was scored on an empty net.

Now, Ovechkin’s offseason starts. He stated that he plans to revamp his summer training regimen after beginning the regular season in admittedly less than top form. “I’m at a time where I want to be better and better, ” Ovi said the day after being bounced from the playoffs. “So, I don’t want to stop finding the right way to be better. … It’s going to be new for me because I don’t want to stop. I want to keep growing up like a player, like a person too.”

We, however, eagerly await more photos of him in a Speedo.

Game Photos

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: David W. Cerny

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Elena Rusko

Photo credit: Elena Rusko

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

RolinekFace strikes again.  (Photo credit: Jukka Rautio)

Photo credit: Jukka Rautio

Photo credit: Matthew Manor

  • lilmikeymom

    Did I miss Ovi in a speedo??

  • Capitals Fans United

    Ovechkin said he wanted to win the Stanley Cup, that was and always will be his goal. Lets hope we get one this coming season and for years to come !!

  • Jeremy

    Ov never should have gone to this tournament. I’m glad to see Russia lost and that Ov was as much a bust there as he was for the Caps all year. For the past 15/16 months, he’s been a fraction of the player he was in his first years. He’s not worked, he’s been lazy, he played an alarming FLOAT-vechkin game when he’d come back on D. And nobody associated with the Caps called him on any of it. Everybody just sorta looked the other way and said things like “that’s our Ov” when he made commercials, biked about Georgetown, and continually muffed chances to help his team at key, critical moments. I’m thrilled he did so poorly in the Worlds. It would have been sickening to see him so soon after his season here to be celebrating there. I hear Ov saying “I want to keep growing up like a player, like a person too”… and, it’s time we start seeing it. A solid first step would have been to skip this tournament, which, in the end, his on-ice performance pretty much did.

  • Avtopilot

    Defence was absolutely awful and there was no good C for Ovi as well.

    There are a lot of excuses actually, but i don’t think a star like Ovi needs to rely on any of them.
    Ovi needs to work a lot in the postseason…

  • Devi

    @Jeremy

    He had always done commercials and crazy stuffs so I don’t think that affected his game. It was the last summer lack of training that affected his game.

    Anyways, I hope he trains a lot and becomes greater than ever! yay!XD

  • BobbyG

    I’d much rather see Ovie in shorts sweating and working out in a gym or running miles to improve his stamina and conditioning, and not in a Speedo carousing and partying on a yacht with “models” or whatever those party types are supposed to be. All play and no work makes Ovie a very badly conditioned boy. It’s time he manned up and learned this, and modified his vacation plans accordingly. Discipline, maturity, and reorganizing his priorities should be at the top of his to-do list.