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.   Winston Churchill once said of Russia, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma..." This quote is often applied to their players as well. Jingoistic hockey pundits call Russian players lazy and mysterious. They're also accused of playing when they feel like it, and shutting down when they're faced with adverse situations. While it's unfair to apply this to all Russians equally, Alexander Ovechkin's been livin' the stereotype this season. Between being accused of not putting forth effort to get former coach Bruce Boudreau canned to being accused of being unhappy that Dale Hunter was limiting his ice-time, Ovie hasn't exactly gotten the best press this season. Read more...
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