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Alex Ovechkin flew for approximately ten hours to Helsinki with the intention of helping the Russian national team win the 2013 World Championships. Jet-lagged, he did what he could, scoring a goal and recording an assist against the United States during their quarterfinals game on Thursday. That help was not nearly enough, as the defending champions suffered their worst defeat ever in a World Championship game, a 8-3 loss to the United States. After half a year in the KHL, a shortened NHL season, a too-short playoff run, and a single game at Worlds, Ovechkin’s season is now officially over.

Ovechkin, who spoke to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov after the game and had his words later translated by Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, was disappointed.

“We lost due to egregious mistakes in the neutral zone, even though we talked about it [beforehand],” Ovechkin said to Lysenkov. “This is carelessness. We could have saved the game when it was 2-1, but we made even more mistakes. The Americans didn’t play super hockey. But we can’t make mistakes.”

“Don’t compare [the loss] to Vancouver,” Ovechkin said, referring to Russia’s collapse to Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics. “It’s different here. I do not regret coming [here], although it’s a shame how it turned out.”

Ilya Kovalchuk added, according to Chesnokov, that Russia “s&*$ their pants,” a reference Ovi used after the Capitals lost to the Rangers in game seven.

Ovechkin’s goal was predictably beautiful. As the Great Eight skated down the right wing, he sniped a shot past John Gibson’s left shoulder and the post.

Ovi’s goal is at the 1:05 mark.

But Russia’s breakdowns in the third period were too much to overcome. Ovechkin, disappointed, was named Russia’s best player after the game. In 20:31 of ice time, he had 8 shots on goal, and two near misses.

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  • CDizz

    Russia got raped by a team of prospects and NHL rookies…wow

  • Graham Dumas

    Am I completely insane when I say that Bryz just isn’t that good? This isn’t really based on much, just sort of a gut feeling, but I feel like whenever I’ve seen him play he’s looked shaky, fluky, or worse.

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Wooooooooooooo! AMERICA!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Wooooooooooooo! AMERICA!!!!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Cal, this hat would look good on you!

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Not really my style. I usually stick to o’s and Hartford whalers hats.

  • Dman

    Good thing he has getting married to look forward to or this would be the worst summer ever.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    About average lifetime save percentage with LOTS of variance.

    The hockey world is really bad a evaluating goalie talent.

  • http://twitter.com/M1ke8889 Michael Thomas

    Poor Ovi, just can’t catch a break

  • yv

    So, now what? Baseball!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.gluvic Мартин Глувиќ

    before Christopher Columbus there was Amerigo Vespucci! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.castsenko.9 George Castsenko

    Sponge bob -next image on Bryz helmet.

  • GoCaps

    Trade Ovechkin. He doesn’t have a winner’s blood in him.

  • johnnymorte

    Put Bryzgalov in net in Sochi and you can kiss that gold medal goodbye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/willbusch William Obuschking Busch

    just hang in there ovi .

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitch.teichman Mitch Teichman

    Man international ice is HUGE. That’s all I could think of while watching this!

  • http://twitter.com/Freedoooom Chase

    You guys should see the TSN replay of his goal. It was kinda funny, because it seemed like it hit the crossbar, but it sounded more like it hit a glass support.

    Ended up a few minutes later they are reviewing and and the back angle of it, looks like it hits crossbar and it took a slow motion from the top bar to actually realize it went in.

  • Graham Dumas

    Yeah, the Russians have real goalie issues, and I’m not sure Varly’s the answer…

  • JenniferH

    Oh, Ovi! Still BEAUTIFUL GOAL!