The criticism of Ovechkin, Semin and Anisimov is completely unfair.
Now, Don Cherry attacks lots of Euros. But everyone knows to take him with a grain of salt.
But it's pretty disgusting to here the CBC analyst blame Ovie and Semin on every shift.
On the second goal, Ovie took a pass in the skates and was tripped trying to get possession.
The play goes up the ice and Holtby allows a weak goal. CBC? They point out that Ovie "turned it over" and he's "still up the ice"
They don't point out the crappy pass in his skates. They don't point out that Ovie didn't need to be back because "his man" was behind him and didn't join the play.
What a joke, Ovechkin has shown up for pretty well every playoff year he has been in, done whatever has been asked of him, even this year being hamstrung by a defesive minded do not lose coach who got results but certainly didn't play to the players strengths. He hits, he scores big goals he works his ass off, is a team player.
Ovechkin takes WAY more heat, especially re the playoffs than he deserves.
Two highly-paid underachievers who struggle to play complete hockey and fail to show up when it counts.
Regardless of their nationality, they deserve criticism.
This year, Kovalchuk is the golden boy. The year before, it was Datsyuk. In 2009, it was Geno. CBC has certainly praised Russian players who deserve praise. Ovechkin and Semin aren't on that list and shouldn't be.