Alex Ovechkin after the loss to Finland (Championat.ru):
"I was trying, but it didn't work though I felt good and strong. There were a lot of scoring chances, we could score. Now we have to cough it up. Don't critise the guys, it does not make any sense."
Well, it was clear that Ovi was not ready to go to a 3rd rate World Cup and even to beat a 3rd rate team Canada. He was empty emotionally after the loss to Tampa Bay. Finally he got the priorities straight on what is more important for him to achieve.
On the other hand... it was nice for Russians to beat Canada again... hehehe It's all that matters to Russians since 1972... You can lose to US, Finland, Arab Emirates, it is not a big deal, but you can't lose to Canada, that's a national tragedy...
In fact (and sadly) it might save Bykov's job as a Head Coach of team Russia.
Ovi to RIA Novosti:
We did not seize the moments that we created, and the first goal by Finns... I think it is one of the best ever goals that could happen in hockey. They had skill and luck, it was all in one pile for them. We had no luck on our side. The scoring chances were good, but we couldn't put the puck in the net. We have a game ahead for the third place. It doesn't matter who is the opponent. If Czechs then it's Czechs. We just have to go out and win at least some kind of medal..."
I think it was a better goal than "the goal"...