Geno and Bob Come Off the Shelf

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For the second consecutive night in the NHL, two teams welcomed back their respective Russian stars from injury for an immediate impact. Sunday night saw the return of Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins star forward returned after a nine game absence with a leg injury. By watching the game you would’ve never known the 27-year-old center missed any action based on how he slid back into the action notching two goals and an assist to help his team see of Winnipeg.
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Bob & Ovi Snag Top Awards

A glamor-less award show saw two of Russia’s biggest stars shine brightest ahead of game 2 for the Stanley Cup final. Due to the lockout and upcoming draft, the NHL opted out of their regular Vegas spectacle and simply announced the winners via telecast.
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Comrade of the Week-Sergei Bobrovsky

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Having led the league in victories this past week, Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has helped backstop his team to playoff contention. Few picked Columbus to make the post-season having lost their heart and sole in Rick Nash last summer, yet thanks to a hot goalie they not only find themselves on a five-game win streak but also just four points shy of the last spot in the west.
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Artem Anisimov’s Top 5 Rangers Plays

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Yesterday saw the completion of the Rick Nash sage which finally sent the one-time face of the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise to the New York Rangers. One of the pieces that was sent the other way was 24-year-old center, Artem Anisimov. Affectionately nicknamed “Artie” by the Blueshirt faithful, Anisimov enjoyed three seasons in New York after playing two years with the clubs AHL affiliate the (now defunct) Hartford Wolfpack.
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What about Bob? Sergei Headed to Columbus

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With just hours to go until the 2012 NHL draft gets underway in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers announced they had sent 23-year-old netminder Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There had been much talk leading up to the draft that the Novokuznetsk native would be moved by GM Paul Holmgren and as luck would have it, the Flyers exchanged him for 3 draft picks on starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s birthday.
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Nikita Filatov Headed to the KHL, Again

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It appears the Nikita Filatov experiment has been placed on hold in Ottawa as the 21-year-old and the team have agreed to let the winger finish out the season in his native Russia. Filatov who was traded to the Senators in exchange for a third-round pick failed to lock-up a full-time spot with the Sens and managed only 1 assist in multiple call-ups in a span of 9 games. While with the baby Sens, Filatov had 12 points (7 goals and 5 assists) in 15 games before asking to be sent on a loan to his old club CSKA Moscow.
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Nikolai Zherdev, Coming to America(Again)

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After taking a year off from top hockey in the KHL, former New York Rangers winger Nikolai Zherdev returns to the NHL signing with rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Zherdev who originally started his pro career with the Columbus Blue Jackets comes back to the league having spent time with Atlant Moscow Oblast in Russia’s KHL last year.
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Comrade of the night-Ilya Kovalchuk

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After not getting on the score sheet in the past four games, New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk got back to his ways on Tuesday night scoring a goal and adding three assists. After being shut-out by the lowly St.Louis Blues on Saturday the Devils made sure there was no repeat against an even lowlier Columbus Blue Jackets scoring six goals for the third time this season.

Three of those six came on the power-play, something the Devils have struggled mightily with all season, the third came courtesy of Kovalchuk who beat Steve Mason glove side for this 17th goal of the year and sixth as a Devil 12:32 in the second period to give the team a 3-1 lead.

He would add assists on both of Travis Zajac’s goals which came quickly thereafter in the period. Kovalchuk’s most productive game as a Devil coincidentally came after the birth of his third child, Artem, who Kovy flew to be with in Florida on Sunday morning before returning at midnight.

Kovalchuk now has 37 goals and 37 assists on the season 6 and 10 respectively with the Devils. Below is Kovalchuk’s goal courtesy of the NHL and NHL.com

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Ovechkin death threat and aftermath

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So apparently if you decide to run your mouth on the internet you should make sure where you post it. A 17-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins fan was arrested on Thursday for posting on the official team message board that he would kill Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin.

The police will not release the boy’s name since he is a minor but no charges have been filed yet. The posting on a hockey message board read: “I’m killing Ovechkin. I’ll go to jail. I don’t care anymore.”  Here you can find users on said forum discussing this exact situation which has grown 40 pages since 4 pm Thursday

This is similar to the Calgary Flames fan who actually phoned in a threat to the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding goalie Steve Mason earlier this season. That fan was also arrested and charged with inducing panic and menacing.

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12.04.2009 A look at the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (Western Conference)

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With the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin tonight here is a look at the Western Conference match-ups with predictions.

(1) San Jose Sharks vs (8) Anaheim Ducks

The President Trophy winning Sharks take on the Ducks in the battle of California. With a 4-2 head-to-head record in favor of San Jose the first step for the league’s top team will be a Ducks team with a new found confidence and a red-hot streak to enter the NHL’s second season. The Ducks enter the playoffs with a 7-2-1 streak but will have to battle against the team with too much depth for them to handle. Sharks in 5

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs (7) Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets first playoff appearance may be short lived as they face the Wings who haven’t missed the playoffs in almost 20 years. You can’t bet against the team which hails from hockey town as the experience out ways the Jackets’ in almost every category. Steve Mason could be the difference maker for the Jackets but dont expect them to overtake the defending cup holders. Wings in 5

(3)Vancouver Canucks vs (6) St. Louis Blues

The Blues make a return to the playoffs after a four year absence while the Canucks resurrected their season to over take the Calgary Flames for the Northwest title. The battle between the pipes should be key as Chris Mason battles Roberto Loungo who has been stellar in the second half of the season. While the Blues have experience in Keith Tkachuk and Mason the all around package is in favor of Vancouver. Canucks in 6

(4) Calgary Flames vs (5) Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been riding the back of Nikolai Khabibulin who has had a comeback season of such. Being the uncle for the team of boys look for the young guns to back up the experience in the front. The Flames who let the division fall from their grasp will have something to prove with the likes of Iginla. This series is a toss up lets just say Blackhawks in 7

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