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While our ever popular Comrade of the Night posts are few and far this season it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped watching those who a make a great sport even greater.
As we slowly creep up on the New Year there is no player playing better than Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Already leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, the poster boy for Russian hockey put his team on his back with last nights offensive outburst.
Sergei Miledin, December 11th 2013 |
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One game into the 2013 season and Semyon Varlamov looked like the goalie of old. Now under the watchful eye of this madman, Varlamov shined in the season opener making 36 saves in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks. Varly was seconds away from recording his 12th NHL shutout before a Jakob Silfverberg rebound ended his bid with seven seconds on the clock.
Sergei Miledin, October 3rd 2013 |
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With his fiance in the crowd and his best buddy opposite him on the ice, Alex Ovechkin exploded against the Devils on Saturday afternoon. The Capitals captain came to life against a dismal New Jersey team where he tallied his first hat trick of the year after not scoring in the past three games. Ovechkin opened the scoring for the Caps on the power-play in the second period when Mike Ribeiro found him wide open to slot past Johan Hedberg.
Sergei Miledin, February 23rd 2013 |
A busy weekend of NHL action saw many Russians on the ice or between the pipes. One however stood above the rest as he lead his team to glory, he of course is no other than Artem Anisimov. The 24-year-old center put on quite the show for the Blue Jackets as be scored two beautiful goals against the Red Wings on Saturday night. Coming off two straight losses, the Blue Jackets wanted to show their fans they can contend at home having picked up just one win in four attempts.
Sergei Miledin, February 4th 2013 |
Thursday night saw five different Russian NHL’ers light the lamp for their respective teams. While they were all important to the teams involved, one players performance stood slightly higher than the rest. Heading into Thursday’s match-up against the Rangers, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins were coming off an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Islanders in the ever competitive Atlantic Division. Just 1:27 into the game, Simon Despres found Malkin with a pass near the far right circle which the 26-year-old center rocketed past Henrik Lundqvist’s 5-hole.
Sergei Miledin, February 1st 2013 |
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On a night where many Russian NHL’ers were getting their first goals or wins of the season, one man stood above the rest. Having only suited up 17 times for the Montreal Canadiens since Nov. 9, 2010, Andrei Markov scored two goals against the Florida Panthers and showed (at least for one night) that he still has quite the cannon from the point. Finally past the two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries on his right knee, Markov showed little hesitance on using his beloved slapshot, making netminder Scott Clemmensen look absolutely hapless on both goals.
Sergei Miledin, January 23rd 2013 |
(photo courtesy of Chris Lee/St.Louis Post Dispatch)
With all eyes on the class of 2012 for the opening fixtures of the shortened 2013 season, it was one player from the class 2010 that stole the show. Making his NHL debut for the St.Louis Blues two years after being selected 16th overall, 21-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko scored not one, but two goals, in his first game in a Blues uniform.
Sergei Miledin, January 21st 2013 |
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On a busy night in the NHL which saw the goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky give up a combined nine goals, Evgeni Nabokov get yanked ahead of a shootout, Evgeni Malkin razzling and dazzling in said shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin helping his team beat the undefeated Washington Capitals one man stood above the rest.
Sergei Miledin, October 28th 2011 |
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If you’ve followed this website since it’s infancy, you know by now that the Comrade of the Night feature is reserved for the best Russian who racks up the most goals, points, or saves on a given night. Last night however, two of the biggest names in Russian hockey joined forces to help the wives and children left behind after the plane crash which took the Lokomotiv Yaroslalv team in early September.
Sergei Miledin, October 14th 2011 |
It’s rare that we award the ever prestigious comrade of the night award to more than one player but such is the case for Washington’s Alex’s. The Russian duo scored both goals in DC’s opening game tonight as they renewed their hostilities with the New York Rangers to start their quest for the team’s first Stanley Cup. Ovechkin helped knot up the game in the 3rd period when stuffing in Semin’s effort past goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his 21st playoff goal.
Sergei Miledin, April 13th 2011 |