Vladimir Tarasenko Earns First Career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (Video)

(photo courtesy of Jasen Vinlove USA Sports)

Last night, one of Russia’s youngest exports shined bright yet again as the Blues’ Vladamir Tarasenko scored his 10th goal of the year. Like many games already, the 22-year-old had a game with multiple points when he notched his 19th helper. However the true highlight of the night came when the winger took exception to a hit by Eric Nystrom and decided to drop the gloves.
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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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Comrade of Opening Weekend-Vladimir Tarasenko

(photo courtesy of Chris Lee/St.Louis Post Dispatch)

With all eyes on the class of 2012 for the opening fixtures of the shortened 2013 season, it was one player from the class 2010 that stole the show. Making his NHL debut for the St.Louis Blues two years after being selected 16th overall, 21-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko scored not one, but two goals, in his first game in a Blues uniform.
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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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Alexander Radulov to Rejoin Nashville

(courtesy of the AP)

As if things weren’t going well enough already in Nasvhille it appears that it’s only going to get better. Earlier today it was reported that 25-year-old winger, Alexander Radulov, is set to return to the team he abandoned for the KHL 3 years ago where he will be received with open arms. Radulov has agreed with his KHL team Salavat Ufa to return to the NHL while they retain his rights for next year.
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It’s Curtains for Frolov on Broadway


(courtesy of rangers.nhl.com)

When it comes to having success in New York City nothing is guaranteed. Whether it be musicals, restaurants, or a career with the New York Rangers it can all be gone in a “New York Minute”. Such is the case for left-winger Alexander Frolov who suffered a season-ending injury against St. Louis amid his one year $3 million contract on Saturday night.
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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

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