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.