Photo Credit: From Sport24.ru
Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues, whose teams were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, finally were able to practice with the Russian National team on Friday May 28. They flew to Riga, Latvia on May 26, served two days in quarantine and practiced on Friday May 28, but were not able to play for Russia in their 4-1 win against Switzerland on Saturday. They shared their thoughts with the Russian media prior to Friday’s practice.
Orlov talked about his flights from Washington, D.C. including the whereabouts of his cat, saying, “I left the cat in Moscow. I flew from America to Moscow to get a visa, I did not have Schengen [visa]. Then I flew here [Riga] right away to go through quarantine. I did not sleep for a day, it was a very difficult flight. But it’s okay, I have already recovered. I can’t wait to get on the ice.”
Orlov talked about how he spent his two days in quarantine. “I trained, they threw off the plan of what we can do in the room. Plus I worked out on a stationary bike. Then I worked the abs, back, did push-ups in order to somehow charge the muscles with energy. Of course, it’s hard to sit in one room and not go anywhere. But that’s okay. Other guys were also sitting, such are the rules now.”
Tarasenko added his impressions of quarantine, “Just like Dima [Orlov]. I also talked to my family, played on the computer.”
Both Orlov and Tarasenko were part of the Russian World Junior team in at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, who came back from a 3-0 deficit in the Gold Medal game by scoring three third period goals against Canada. They both shared their feelings about that game.
Orlov said, “We remember, of course, Buffalo. A significant tournament for us. Sometimes we remember it. This year, they often asked about it in interviews, since it was 10 years since the victory. It’s nice to work with Valery Bragin [Head Coach of the Russian World Junior Coach in 2011 and now Head Coach of Russia’s team in World Championships] now. We will try our best to win again.”
Tarasenko added, “Yes, we remember, of course. When we meet, we always remember that tournament.”
Orlov also talked about the importance of the IIHF World Championships and the fact that they are important, due to the fact that the Olympics will take place in about eight months. “I have never played in the Olympics, this is my dream. I really hope that the league and the IIHF will come to an agreement, and we will have a chance to go there,” said Orlov.
“I also want the quarantine restrictions to be lifted faster in order to play in front of the fans. The presence of spectators completely changes the game.”
Orlov also discussed the fact that he was the only member of the Washington Capitals who would be joining the Russian team for the World Championship. He talked about what Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov told him, saying, “We wish you good luck, win gold and do without injuries. It is a pity that they [Ovechkin and Kuznetsov] are not with us. We arrived, we will bring positive emotions.”
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) May 31, 2021
Story was taken from interviews published by Sports Express and Sport24, two Russian sports sites.
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