, author: Ermakova M.

When you are under forty, it is difficult to play in principle

Mentor of the Russian national team impressed by the effectiveness of the striker, “Washington”.

The head coach of the Russian national hockey team Alexei Zhamnov said that Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is facing difficulties associated with age, but does not reduce performance.

“When you are under forty, it’s difficult to play in principle. And it’s always easier to play in a team that wins, goes to the top of the standings, and does not fight for getting into the playoffs. But Sasha, even at this age, slaps more than 40 goals in a season,” - "Match TV" quotes him.

Ovechkin, 37, scored 73 (42+31) points in 71 NHL games in the 2022/23 season. Washington is 13th in the Eastern Conference with 77 points, nine points behind the playoff zone.