Upon return the players refused to give any interviews. Life.ru woman tried to talk to Ovechkin when he was going into the bus...
Alexander, can I ask you a question?
Ovechkin: About what? About how we spent time at the restaurant?
No, about the World Cup and why team Russia couldn't do anything after a great game vs. Canada?
Ovechkin: I couldn't do it (Ya ne smog)
That was the end of the interview.
Ovechkin's Dad said more. He was interviewed while he was waiting for his son. He said that the team didn't have enough of the team's spirit and that hockey gods turned away for the second year in a row.
He also hinted about the team management, he said that a lot depends on the Coaches, but didn't go too far...
He said in the last game Ovi was all over the place, but his partners didn't follow. "He would give a pass to another player for give and go, would open up, but wouldn't receive a puck back. You can't outplay 5 opposite players alone."
At the end he said that there was nothing tragic about the 4th place. "They lost, so what. The most important thing now is to prepare for Sochi Olympics".
Barry Smith, former head coach of St. Petersburg and former assistant coach of Detroit (via Sport-Express):
I honestly did not get why Ovechkin came to Bratislava. It seems to me that Alex, even after he got to the tournament, was only thinking about the missed opportunity at the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I have closely followed the NHL this season and I know what a great success was predicted for Washington in the playoffs. A sweep in the series vs Tampa was for the Capitals, and especially for the lead players of the club, a heaviest psychological blow.
These numbers (0:4) were in the head of Ovechkin, who arrived to Slovakia. There was the feeling that with the loss in playoffs Ovechkin was not ready to fight for the gold at the World Cup.
History has been made:
Team Russia had set their personal record, 5 losses in one IIHF tournament. Alex followed, for the first time ever in his career he finished a tournament with 0 points. Ouch!
But I think it's all good for Alex. If you are not ready, say it next time. Time to set priorities straight and hopefully he will find another very good fitness trainer this summer.