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Ovechkin: 'There will always be critics'

Washington Capitals captain chats in his native Russian on Malkin, Putin, offseason

Updated: December 2, 2011, 4:03 PM ET
By Brett Forrest | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Dec. 12, 2011, "Interview Issue" of ESPN The Magazine.

Editor's note: This interview was translated from Russian and conducted prior to the firing of Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and the return of Sidney Crosby.

ESPN: I know you speak English very well. But I'd like to ask you questions in Russian.

Alex Ovechkin: Oh. (Sighs) Excellent.

ESPN: Have you ever thought about playing in the KHL?

AO: ...

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