Russia 8, Latvia 2
Alexander Ovechkin celebrates after scoring a goal against Latvia during the first period of a preliminary round men's ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. With Ovechkin are Pavel Datsyuk (13), Konstantin Korneev (22), and Denis Grebeshkov (37). - AP Photo
Alexander Ovechkin in the third period of a preliminary round men's ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Russia won 8-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Alexander Ovechkin chases the puck against Latvia in the first period of a preliminary round men's ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
nateewell: Ovechkin's six career Olympic goals (in 9 GP) lead all players on the Russian team.
nateewell: Kozlov ought to say he's wearing 52 in honor of Mike Green.
nateewell: Among RUS, CAN, US, SWE only Iginla and Alfredsson have more career Olympic goals than Ovi
Ovechkin scores his 1st goal. Russia - Latvia 3:0
Ovechkin scores his 2nd and it's a 5th goal for Russia. It is also a GWG (game winning goal) for Ovi, awesome!
Ovechkin had 2 goals, 4 shots on goal, +1, total ice time 16:57. The closest TOI among forwards: Pavel Datsyuk with 16:08 and Alex Semin with 16:07, all from the top Russian line with Ovechkin. Fedorov had 2 assists, +2, 11:05.
Zaripov also scored 2 goals, +3. Zinovyev, Radulov, Morozov and Nikuliv also finished with +3.
Returning hero: Plushenko wins short program
Ari Zakarian, Evgeny Plushenko manager, got a text message a few minutes before Plushenko's performance, from Alexander Ovechkin.Source: livetv.ru/lenta/21866/
"We are watching Zhenya! Keep our fists!" wrote Ovechkin.
After Plushenko finished his performance, he told to Sovietsky sport Sergei Pryakhin that he constantly communicates with the hockey players in the Olympic village, and yesterday, for example, even visited their training. Asked whether he will go to the game vs Latvia, Evgeny replied, "Maybe. Let me just catch the breath and then I will decide.
Ari Zakarian and Evgeny Plushenko are Ovi's close friends and he spends a lot of time with them off season. Ari also organized a photo-shoot with Tatler for Ovechkin.
Evgeny Plushenko and his wife Yana Rudkovskaya are watching team Russia's training. Photo from Pavel Lysenkov's blog (blog.sovsport.ru/users/lysenkov/post120957179/)
Ovechkin and Rudkovskaya at her book presentation last summer (KP.ru)