Then things got interesting.
Playing the first Olympic hockey game in the nation’s history, Slovenia cut the deficit in half less than two minutes into the second frame on a goal from Ziga Jeglic.
"We got the lead and then we stopped playing how we're supposed to play," said Ovechkin. "When you get to 2-0 so quickly you feel like it's going to be easy. That's why we stopped playing."
Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk capitalized on the powerplay later in the second stanza to get the Russian lead back to two; but Jeglic brought Slovenia back within one, beating goaltender Semyon Varlamov just one minute later; and shockingly, Slovenia entered the third period down just one to the Russian powerhouse.
The 25-year old Zeglic currently plays in the German DEL, and was never drafted by an NHL team. Still, he hardly looked out of place competing against the star-studded Russians.
It took a goal on a partial breakaway from rookie Valeri Nichushkin in the third period for Russia to finally give Russia some breathing room. They added a goal from Anton Belov later in the period, winning the game by a score of 5-2.