Steel City “Steals” Kovalev

When Alexei Kovalev isn’t making millions of dollars or creating commercials or flying in his private jet, he certainly isn’t living up to his price tag at the NHL level.  Granted, the Ottawa Senators have been in a downward spiral since the season began and are now putting up a fire sale making way for their prospects to get their feet wet in the NHL.  Alexei Kovalev was the latest victim to Ottawa’s massive overhaul.  After signing a two-year, 10 million dollar contract, Kovalev has put up 76 points in 131 games for the Senators.  Compare this to a few seasons ago when he was a point-per-game player with the Montreal Canadiens and it is safe to say that Kovalev has been on a steady decline.
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Malkin wins Conn Smythe, raises Cup

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With the game 7 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings the Pittsburgh Penguins lifted their first trophy in 17 years giving the city their second championship in a year. Prior to the presentation of the Cup, Evgeni Malkin was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the MVP of the playoffs notching 36 points to lead all scorers.

It will be interesting to see how this trophy plays out at the leagues award ceremony on June 18th with Malkin being up for the Hart.

Malkin is the first ever Russian born player to collect the honor and second Penguin after Mario Lemieux raised it twice in the last two cup wins. He along with fellow comrades Sergei Gonchar and Ruslan Fedentenko are the latest Russians/Ukrainians to get their names etched on the cup. For both Malkin and Gonchar this is their first cup in their careers with Gonchar having played since 1994.

Fedentenko’s name is already on hockey’s holy grail as he won it with Tampa Bay in 2004. It will be interesting to see where the players choose to bring the cup on their day with it during the summer.

With the next meaningful hockey game about 3.5 months away updates will be few and far but do stay tuned as July 1st marks another year of the free-agency frenzy which will be monitored closely by all of us here. We leave you now with CBC’s playoff montage found below.

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An Update Regarding the Site

Just to let you guys know, we will be updating the layout of the site a bit this week. You can also now be a fan of the site (and help promote us!!) on facebook here and as always please follow us on Twitter here
Hope everyone is having a great playoff season!

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Save of the night

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Usually I do comrade of the night for the action of the evenings events. Seeing how Ovechkin pretty much scored an empty net goal it  doesnt give him the nod nor does it go to Varlamov who played well but this site might as well be named after him(oh wait?).

Varlamov did have one incredible save found below. A desperation save with his stick on Sidney Crosby nonetheless this goal is easily the save of the playoffs. Be sure to watch it in HQ.

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Pavel Datsyuk goes for fourpeat of Lady Byng

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On Friday the NHL released the nomination for the Lady Byng Award. This years nominees are Zach Parise of New Jersey, Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay, and Pavel Datsyuk (above with Byng and Selke awards) of Detroit. Datsyuk will be going for his fourth straight Byng having won it since 2005-06.

The trophy is awarded to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The trophy winner will be announced on June 18, 2009 at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

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NFL Department of Fandemonium review

After a  short hiatus, we are back and running here on frwg. Last weekend I had a chance to be one of the finalists for a dream job with the NFL. Below is the article and the link to the event website.

http://v10.bleacherreport.com/articles/146834-my-weekend-with-the-nfl

http://nfl.monster.com/NFLFandemoniumContest.aspx

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Welcome to From Russia, With Glove

We strive to be your source for all things Russian in the National Hockey League! If you’d like to see anything or have any suggestions for us please just leave them in the comments!

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