Which Russian NHL’er Will Have the Worst Olympic Hangover?

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The Sochi games have come and gone. Dreams were broken, bears cried, and one of the tournaments favorites fell flat on their faces, again. The focus now shifts back to the remainder of the NHL season as teams attempt to make a push for the post season in search of Lord Stanley’s mug.
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Russia Powers Through Spunky Slovenians in Sochi

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The moment had finally arrived for Russia’s national hockey team as the crown jewel of the Olympics got under way for the home team. Chants of “Russia!, Russia!” echoed throughout the arena even before puck drop as the quest for gold was imminent. The pressure, intensity, and hype was answered within 77 seconds of the teams’ opening game with the poster boy of the NHL and Russia, Alexander Ovechkin, roofing a laser wrist shot into Slovenia’s net to send the crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome into a frenzy.
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Russia Announces Olympic Roster for Sochi

After asking the IIHF for an extension of roster announcements, the host nation waited until every other team revealed their squad before finally releasing theirs. Below is the offical 32 man roster.
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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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Will Malkin’s Concussion Cause Headaches for Pittsburgh?

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On Friday night, Pittsburgh star and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin took a check from Florida’s Erik Gudbranson forcing him to fly hard into the boards before slamming his head violently. The 26-year old stayed down and play (seen below) was halted immediately. Despite being able to skate off the ice under his own power, Malkin left the game and it was revealed the following day he was suffering from short-term memory loss.
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“is party time now?” Projecting the 2014 Russian Olympic Team

 

Apparently, yesterday was the day all of hockey’s media decided to begin their predictions for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. From ESPN to Yahoo, both the USA and Canada has been the talk of the best international hockey tournament on the globe. Luckily, no one is yet talking about the hosts, the best national team in the sport, and the reason you all read this site.
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Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

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.
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In Defense of Ilya Kovalchuk

It seems that in the past few days there has been quite an uproar in the Devils fan community regarding their star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Like many of his compatriots, Kovalchuk returned to the country where he learned to skate to continue playing the game he loves when the NHL hit it’s fourth work stoppage since 1992. Joining one of the Kontinental Hockey League’s top clubs, SKA St.Petersburg, he quickly became the team’s star and even took over as captain while scoring 42 points in 36 games.
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Evgeni Malkin Leaves Vegas with Three of a Kind

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Last night, Evgeni Malkin was the toast of Sin City as he captured the NHL’s top honors in the most important awards an individual player can win. Malkin first appeared on stage out of the shadows holding the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the leagues top score, a trophy he had wrapped up prior to the start of the playoffs. Although he was the clear cut winner back in April the NHL waited until the award ceremony to present him with the actual trophy. Malkin became the first Russian to win the award more than once surpassing Alexander Ovechkin who originally won it in 2007-08.
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Malkin Shines the Brightest as Russia Basks in Gold

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The big red machine is back. In what was a case of Déjà vu for many, yesterdays 6-2 thrashing by Team Russia against an inspired Slovakian team was an ode to the Soviet times. Back then Russia was not only the most feared country in the world but also instilled fear on their opponents on the ice. You won’t find the legendary names like Tretiak or Kharlamov on the backs of today’s squad but with their performance throughout this tournament these players have the ability to become something better.
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