Ovechkin's interview after receiving Art Ross and the Maurice Richard awards...
By Natalia Bragilevskaya, SovSport.ru, May 30, 2008:
Q.: You are dressed to kill! But can you explain why you came to the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev reception in flip-flops?
A.: I just didn't have time to change back then (Ovechkin laughs) On the other hand, it was a unique case. No one else in the history walked to the President's reception in flip-flops.
Q.: I know that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin invited you to meet him on June 3rd. What will you wear then?
A.: Probably something original again. I have a lot of choices: felt boots, bast shoes… (Alex continues to jest)
Q.: How long you'll be staying in US?
A.: I arrived on Tuesday(May 27), will be flying back on Thursday (May 29). I have a lot to do in Moscow. But now I will be watching game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals from Commissioner Gary Bettman's box.
A.: You have predicted that Pittsburgh will win the Stanley Cup. Now, a few hours before the third game, don't you want to give it up?
Q.: The series are not over yet! I still think that Pens will win the finals. I can even make a bet for that.
Q.: Why are you so sure?
A.: They have a team… If Pittsburgh will break and win a game, then most likely they will win the finals.
From newizv.ru, May 26, 2008:
Q. Now you are on vacation, Are you going to follow Stanley Cup finals?
Ovechkin: I need to pass through exams at my physical education college. I am not just a hockey player, I am also a student. And only after that I'll go on vacation.
Yes, I'll follow the finals especially because Pavel Datsyuk plays for Detroit and Evgeny Malkin is playing for Pittsburgh. All I can say the best team will win.