VANCOUVER -- With 18:17 left in the third period of the Russia-Czech Republic game, a temblor struck the West Coast.
This was 8.0 on the Richter scale.
You will see this hit in the sports highlight films for years. Jagr will see it in his dreams.
Now Jagr, the 38-year-old Czech star, the best right wing in the world for virtually two decades, is not an easy fellow to knock down. He stands 6-foot-2. His weight is listed at 240 pounds. Of those 240, roughly 169 pounds are in his butt. He has a truly
So there was Jagr, dangling in the neutral zone, while Ovechkin lined him up. As Jagr started to shift from his backhand to his forehand, glancing down to keep his eye on the puck, the Russian barreled into him, cleanly, and sent him sprawling. The impact of the blow broke Jagr's visor. This was not merely a hockey check. Ovechkin had wallpapered Jagr. Ovechkin had vaporized him. There are players who are clever enough to strip the big man of the puck --
"Guys, before you ask me the question, I know I make a mistake," Jagr said. "It was a big mistake. The hit, I don't really care, but the mistake, the turnover, they ... scored a goal. That hurt me the most. I don't really care how I feel. If something hurt, it always heals but mistake, it's not that easy to [recover]."
Now after we wipe the drool off the notebook, let us stress Jagr's point: The hit was not mere window dressing. Six seconds after Jagr wound up playing two position -- wing and prone --
"Great moment," Malkin said. "Hollywood game. Hollywood moment. And we score."
"I mean, its a lift," Russian defenseman
"Six goals, and that's the first thing you guys ask," Czech captain
The earth moved.
Was it as good for you as it was for Russia?