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

(courtesy of Mark Humphrey)

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 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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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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Russia Heads to Sweden in Search of Gold (Updated)

(courtesy of the Russian Hockey Federation)

It’s come to our attention that we somehow overlooked this years upcoming IIHF Men’s World Championships. With that, let’s take a quick look at the Russian roster and the tournament which officially starts on Friday. Russia arrives in Sweden hoping to capture any kind of silverware as last year they were bounced by eventual champions Finland before losing to the Czech’s in the bronze-medal game.
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Russia Squeaks by Germany into Third Straight Final

Screen shot 2010-05-22 at 8.36.16 PM(Courtesy of Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

On Saturday, Russia defeated Germany with a score of 2-1 for the right to defend their gold medal against the Czech Republic tomorrow night. Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Russians with 1:50 remaining in the game on a breakaway to eliminate both the Germans and any hope they had for overtime or a possible shootout. Vasili Koshechkin made 26 saves in his third appearance of the tournament but will hand over the reigns to Semyon Varlamov in the gold medal game.
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Russia Blanks Fins to Set Up Date with Canada

Screen shot 2010-05-19 at 1.00.13 AM(Courtesy of Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Russia earned their 24th consecutive victory against the team that was last to beat them on the World’s stage on Tuesday by shutting out Finland 5-0. With the win the team earns the right to play Canada in the quarter-finals on Thursday in a rematch of the 2010 Olympics and the last two gold medal games at the World’s.
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Russia Stays Perfect Through the Weekend

Screen shot 2010-05-17 at 2.01.20 AM(Courtesy of Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Russia continue to cruise towards their third straight gold medal at the Men’s World Championship after posting back-to-back wins over the weekend in the qualifying round. On Saturday, Russia played their arguably most difficult game against hosts Germany in front of a crowd of 18,000, captain Ilya Kovalchuk opened up the scoring with a wrist shot 14:20 into the period. Despite having the early lead the Russians were outshout 13-12 forcing Semyon Varlamov to stop more than half of the shots he faced against Belarus on Thursday.
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