On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia lost to Sweden 2-0 at Stockholm Globe Arena during the Oddset Hockey Games, which is basically another international tournament before the World Championships begin on Friday.
We have two important pieces of information to share from this game. First, Mattias Ek of the Swedish website Expressen reports that Ovechkin was named captain of Team Russia for the Worlds. That’s neat and not all that surprising.
Second, Ek shares a story that should warm your our cold, Capital heart. Apparently in the third period, with Swedes Jimmie Ericsson and Andreas Thuresson in the penalty box, Ovechkin “bombed away for Putin and his motherland” and “shot off the blade of Tre Kronor centreman Mikael Backlund” with a huge shot.
Unfortunately, there’s no video, but Backlund spoke to SportExpressen.se exclusively after the game about the incident. He sure was impressed by Ovechkin’s power.
Mikael Backlund: The blade came off so I couldn’t use my leg. I blocked the shot and it [the blade] just flew off. [smiles] I have these new blades that you just snap in place. They come off pretty easy. He got off a really good shot and it just flew off.
Mattias Ek: You tried to get off the ice, looking like Bambi on ice in the process…
Mikael Backlund: At first I tried get off the ice, but I realized the Russians would then get a 5-on-2. I wasn’t sure whether I should just lay there on the ice. And I couldn’t get up, it got so slippery. I couldn’t do anything!
Mattias Ek: Have you ever lost a skate blade like that before?
Mikael Backlund: No, never! [laughs]
One other fun fact: Ovechkin put ten shots on goal.
Now, here are Caps guys who have had their skate break off during a game: Steve Oleksy, Tom Wilson. Also, Dmitry Orlov once knocked Mathieu Darche’s skate blade off with a shot.
Translation by Magnus Cadelin (@DenTadd)