Perhaps Caps' coach Glen Hanlon knows something that the other 29 NHL coaches will be trying desperately to figure out over the next handful of years: how to stop Alexander Ovechkin. On Monday, Hanlon's Belarus squad was narrowly defeated, 3-2, by a Russian team that features the star Washington forward, as well as Capital teammate Alexander Semin, each of whom registered a hat trick in Russia's first-game victory over Kazakhstan at Worlds. But on Monday the two Alexes were held in check, combining for just three shots on goal and no points. Quoth Hanlon:
It's a complicated feeling when I watch them play for another team. Obviously as Belarus coach, my job today was to stop them (from scoring) but of course, I'm happy to see them do well here.Echoing the sentiments of all Caps fans, Hanlon added, "Tonight, I just prayed that both of them would stay injury free."