Ovi shoots, "swims" (turned out he stumbled on TV cable), breaks the stick, borrows Kris Letang's stick (uh-oh!)
In Russian, translation is below.
Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov talks to Ovi after the skills competition:
"I brought 4 sticks in Raleigh," explained Ovechkin. "But the two broke during the skills competition. The first one broke when I did the breakaway, flipped the stick and hit the puck. The shaft broke. And I broke the second one broke in the hardest shot competition. I had two more sticks, but they were not prepared. And those were for the All Stars game anyway.
Were you preparing something special for breakaway competition?
Not at all, didn't practice anything. Went out without any preparation and won. It was total impromptu!
It is evident that you got tired of making something up again...
Yes, I wanted to shoot. But they didn't put me in [accuracy] shooting.
Were you surprise to your victory?
Oh, yeah! I couldn't even imagine I would win. I thought that Corey Perry would win.
When you were forced to perform "hardest shot" not once, but four times, did you have less and less power with each attempt?
On the contrary, more and more. I warmed up.
What were you thinking when the third try was not counted?
"WTF happened, how many more?"
You borrowed Letang's stick. Was it good for you?
Not really. It was longer and softer.
Did you ask to participate in the hardest shot competition?
They simply put me in. It was clear that I could not compete with Chara and Weber. Those giants are above all...
But at least you amused everyone.
Yes, as it is in the joke, "if I won't catch up with, at least I will warm up".
Did you stumble on the cable on purpose?
I didn't see it! I was skating and bam! -- I fell down.
Why you did not advise Dadonov on a breakaway? He seemed to be confused.
I gave him advice, but you could see what happened.
What was it?
You have won the contest for most beautiful breakaway shot for the third consecutive time. Do you agree that you are the number one NHL showman?
I'm number one in Russia too. On the front pages of the tabloids constantly (Ovechkin signs).
Interview with Dadonov:
Q: Did you have dinner with Ovechkin yesterday?
Q: But he said yesterday that you two were going to have meal together.
Dadonov: Well, ask Ovi who he took for dinner, It was not me.
Alex Ovechkin caught on Kaner's Camera! Kane's flipcam footage from tonight is now posted on BHTV