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Ovechkin pleased with opener

Wednesday, 02.17.2010 / 2:40 AM / All-Access Vancouver

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Ovechkin pleased with opener
VANCOUVER -- Alex Ovechkin finished his first game in Vancouver with two goals in an 8-2 rout of Latvia. The Russian superstar and Washington Capitals captain skated on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Semin and played close to 17 minutes.

After the game, Ovechkin stopped to chat exclusively with NHL.com for a Q&A about the game.

The exclusive interview lasted all of 40 seconds as Ovechkin, a back-to-back Hart Trophy winner, was rushing through the mixed zone so he could get to the locker room, but he said all that really needed to be said about Russia's dominating victory in its pool play opener.

Russia plays next on Thursday night against Slovkia. The Slovaks don't open until Wednesday night against the Czech Republic.

Here is the transcript:

NHL.com: If you could have scripted your opener in this tournament, is this how you would have written it?

Ovechkin
: Yeah, you know, it's always nice when you get some good moments and a good start. We were ready for it, but it's just a start and we have to continue how we play.

NHL.com: How big was it for you to score that goal to make it 5-1 just 26 seconds after Latvia scored its first goal?

Ovechkin: Oh yeah, you know it's mentally important. After that goal we just played better and better.

NHL.com: Did you take it to them in the third period the way you were hoping to with the three straight goals in just over two minutes?

Ovechkin: Yes. I think we played much better in the third period than in the first two.

Contact Dan Rosen at: drosen@nhl.com.