As reported by Sovetsky Sport correspondents Lysenkov and Boguslavsky (link)
After the game both Ovechkin and Semin refused to be interviewed. We may have had a chance for a quick chat. But Washington's GM George McPhee personally kicked out the players who were still stuck in the shower to their bus.
Moreover, Ovechkin has gotten into a peculiar routine during the playoffs. He gives a standard interview when surrounded by English-speaking journalists. Talks for a couple of minutes and leaves, having ignored the Russian press and not speaking in his native tongue.
Such vow of silence is nothing new. But it has been shown on many occasions that refusing to be interviewed does not improve one's chance of winning the Stanley Cup. There is no connection.
Andrey Markov, however, talked to Sovetsky Sport. Probably because his chances to win the Cup this year are below the lowest, thanks to Washington. Neither a vow of silence, nor a playoff beard is likely to help.
- The series is coming to an end, or is there still hope?
- We can't give up, - said Andrey Markov, after a pause. - It will be very difficult to save this series. But we have to pull ourselves together and play on. Not everything is lost.
-Montreal had a very good second period. What became the turning point in the game?
- All series long we keep having various letdowns. As soon as we relax for a little bit, they score two or three goals. Just now, Washington scored shorthanded with seven seconds to go in the second period. It's hard to come back after that. Concentration for full 60 minutes – that's what we have been missing so far.