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 Finn-ished in Sochi

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Russia Go The Distance With Slovakia, Win in Shootout

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Following their heartbreaking loss to the US on Saturday, Russia faced off against a win-less Slovakia needing to win in regulation in order to get a bye to the quarter finals. Whether it was fatigue or lack of enthusiasm or both, Sbornya came out rather flat against a Slovakian team who had lost to newcomer Slovenia the night before.
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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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Avs Make Varlamov All About the Benjamins

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Less than three years ago, Semyon Varlamov was mere days from returning back to Russia, putting his NHL dream on the back burner and playing in the country where his career began. Fortunately for the Samara native he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the off-season where he would become the new face in the crease.
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Semyon Varlamov Arrested on Assault and Kidnapping Charges (Updating)


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Late this evening, news out of Denver sent shock waves through the NHL and the twittersphere as it was reported Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in police custody. Numerous reports claim the 25-year-old Samara native turned himself in on charges related to second degree kidnapping and third degree assault. As of 11 pm EST Varlamov has been processed and is being held without bond. He will appear before a judge tomorrow morning.
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Comrade of the Night-Semyon Varlamov

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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.
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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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Andrei on-the-Mark-ov earns Comrade of the Night

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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.
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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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