Friday, February 24, 2006

Capital Olympians: Day 7 (Semifinals)

Alexander Ovechkin, RUS - No points, 3 shots on goal, even in 4-0 loss to Finland; Russia to play Czech Republic for the bronze medal

Ivan Majeksy, SVK - eliminated from the tournament

Olaf Kolzig, GER - eliminated from the tournament

What they're saying:
  • "Alexander Ovechkin (Russia): Five goals, skating ability that's breathtaking, and all the enthusiasm of his 20 years... The runaway favourite for NHL rookie of the year has more than fit the bill. If there's an award for most exciting player of the tournament, he's our pick." - Eurosport, including Ovechkin on it's pre-semis "Team of the Tournament (So Far)"
  • "[Alex Ovechkin] is young, but he's already a great player," [Team Russia GM Pavel] Bure said. "I think he's going to have a huge future. The way he skates, the way he throws the hits. He has size. He has power. What I really like about him: It doesn't matter what the score is. He goes out there and plays hard every shift." - Barry Svrluga, Washington Post (pre-semis)

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