Ovechkin with team Russia - mediocre in important games
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05-22-2010, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by
Frank the Tank
I agree that when one man (e.g., Richards, Chara) tries to play him physical he responds and often overwhelms his opponent. On the other hand, when a team has played against him physically (see Team Canada at the WJC 2005 and the Olympics 2010) he has backed off surprisingly. Such a strategy is difficult to employ in the NHL because no NHL team has numerous defenseman like Weber, Doughty, Pronger, etc... to constantly engage and skate with Ovechkin. Since this thread has an international origin to it, however, I believe my criticism is just.
so essentially the key to shutting down Ovechkin is to throw 6 of the absolute best defensemen in the NHL at him all game? Ok...
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