Maybe Ov should have been playing with Datsyuk then, at least he could stand around with his stick cocked and have someone who could put the puck there.
Either way I think in a short tournament you have to break up any lines that aren't clicking because there isn't enough time to develop chemistry, you either have it or you don't
OV and DAtsyuk did play on PP together and that didn't work much better. But if we had Datsyuk-OV-somebody on the first line, then there would have had to be Malkin-Kovy-Radulov. Which would have created 2 untested lines instead of one that was working pretty well and one that wasn't. it's a tough call.
In hindsight, I wish we went with OV-Datsyuk-Radulov, Tarasenko-Tikhonov(or Tereshchenko) - Kovy, and Semin-Malkin-Nichushkin (or Kulemin). But then, I wasn't at their practices, so maybe those combos were tried and didn't click.
Nichushkin disrupts defence as well as any other player on that team. I think he'd be a perfect compliment to Malkin and Ovechkin, despite any defensive deficiencies.
When he drives the net he pulls defence out of position, and probably would have provided some room for Ovechkin to get some shots through. My mistake on Tarasenko, I meant Tereshenko who put up a beatiful goal vs Norway and also to me deserved more time than Popov.
I don't think the problem was a KHL vs NHL thing though, many of the KHL players in this tournament have looked a lot better than their NHL counterparts, I just think Popov should have been moved off that line when it became clear they weren't effective anymore.
Its like Babcock constantly keeping Abdelkader or Bertuzzi on the top line in Detroit.
Tereshchenko and Popov are both KHL players, so that wouldn't have changed the balance of ice time b/w KHLers and NHLers.. Also, Tereshchenko is a center, and if he played with Malkin and the bum, er OV, then we'd had no center for the 4th line. And lastly, but most importantly, OVECHKIN was the one who was supposed to "disrupt defenses"!!! Instead, he kept standing there with his stick cocked waiting for a perfect pass. Newsflash, Alex, you ain't in Washington anymore!
And Popov wasn't the original choice for OV-Malkin line. Semin started there and they looked just as bad together. After Semin got switched with Popov on the 3rd line after game 3, that 3rd line started to show some flashes of not brilliance, but at least competence. OV-Malkin line however continued to stay useless. Either Ovechkin didn't know what his role was, in which case it is coach's job to explain it to him. Or he didn't want to do his job, in which case it was coach's job to sit his ass down.
As you can tell, I'm not the biggest OV fan right now.
I really doubt they'd ask Crysby to apologise to the people on national tv.
Nobody made Datsyuk to apologize on the national TV. He was asked that question in a press conference, and I bet you that if they lost at home, Crosby as captain, would have been asked he same type of question.