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During the early afternoon in Moscow, the Russian National Team played their second game of the Channel One Cup, taking on the Czech Republic. And boy was it a beatdown.

Pavel Datsyuk had a hat trick and Alex Ovechkin followed up his goal Thursday with a sick assist on Sergei Mozyakin’s power play tally. Russia would cruise to victory, 6-0.

Now let’s see this helper!

Ovechkin’s assist begins at the 2:18 mark.

As the Capitals captain winds up to shoot, he instead quickly dishes to Mozyakin on the doorstep. Mozyakin then takes his time and rifles the puck past Winnipeg Jets goaltender, Ondřej Pavelec, top-shelf. Alex Radulov and Evgeny Malkin would also add goals in the win.

Russia will play their third and final game of the round-robin tournament tomorrow against Finland and it sure looks like they’re going to win the Channel One Cup. After humbling Sweden and the Czech Republic by a combined score of 11-1, they merely need to win against Finland to be champions.

So, hey, at least Ovi’s winning a cup in his free time.


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Additional reporting by Fedor Fedin.

  • Ovechkin was terrible this game, besides the PP assist he was also terrible on the PP, he seemed to be going to the slot and being covered, thinking this choice was coaching.

    Overall though he was losing the puck with no pressure or stick check.

  • It was only because he was playing in the worst line with terrible players. Remember Zherdev? That lazy guy from Philly/Rangers who’ve been sold to some KHL trash after his only season in Philadelphia. The center of that line was Tereshchenko – let’s just say he is a nomial defender. It’s not Ovechkin’s fault, it’s just Bilyaletdinov is a stupid poor old guy who knows nothing about hockey.

  • well at least he was wearing “8”

  • TheShameOfFife

    No one has mentioned how beautiful a hat-trick that was from Datsyuk. Brilliant snipe on the first, creates the turnover then finishes the rush with a great redirection on the second, then intercepts the (terrible) pass and dekes the goalie out of his pads for the third. What a player!