Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy spent the NHL Awards doing what they did all regular season, winning. Kucherov swept both MVP categories as voted by his peers at the NHLPA and the media. Additionally he received his long determined Art Ross award for scoring the most points in the season at 128. He becomes just the third Russian to win all three in a single season, joining Alex Ovechkin in 2009 and Evgeni Malkin in 2012.
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Having already set the record for most points in a single season in the salary cap era, Nikita Kucherov set out on the last game of the season to re-rewrite history once again.
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Tuesday night saw two major career accomplishments by the NHL’s best Russians as both Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin added extra credentials to their eventual first ballot Hall of Fame ticket.
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In a career filled with countless awards and broken records that seem as if they occur almost every game, Alex Ovechkin achieved new heights last night as he passed Sergei Fedorov for most points set by a Russian-born player in the NHL. The 33-year-old picked up an assist on a T.J. Oshie goal in the early goings of a home game against the Vancouver Canucks and celebrated as if it were his own.
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On Thursday night Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals exorcised their demons as they claimed the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Ovechkin, who put his team on his back all post-season finally captured the trophy that has eluded him his entire career. Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the playoffs setting a franchise record and tying Sidney Crosby for most since 2005. Years of repeated disappointing Capitals failure has weighed on him heavy, as the once goofy kid is grayer than most of his 33-year-old counterparts, all worth it now as he becomes immortalized in hockey lure.
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After failing to medal four years ago at home in Sochi, the big Red Machine finally won their first gold medal since 1992 over Germany last night. The Olympic Athletes From Russia, as they were so eloquently named by the IOC, entered the game having out-scored their opposition 14-5 in the group stage and then 9-1 in the playoffs.
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Islanders winger Nikolai Kulemin will miss the remainder of the regular season after having successful surgery on an undisclosed upper-body injury. The 31-year-old Magnitogorsk native was injured in a game last week against the Oilers and had not returned to the line-up. He scored just one goal and added two helpers through 13 games this season.
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On Thursday, Avalanche netminder (and friend of the blog) Semyon Varlamov had a game for the ages. Varly stopped 57 of 60 shots to lead Colorado over Carolina breaking his own franchise record for most saves in a game. The 29-year-old turned away 22 shots in both the first and third periods along 16 in the second. The record setting performance comes on the heels of letting up 7 goals on 21 shots before being pulled against Vegas. Varlamov last set a franchise record in 2015 with a 54-save performance against Chicago.
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Ahead of Friday’s NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks sent shock-waves through the league by trading Artemi Panarin to Columbus for Brendan Saad. The full deal also includes Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in this years draft with Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018 going back the other way. Panarin was one of few Hawks players to not have a no-movement clause and is expected to only cost more as he continues to flourish. Continue reading “Artemi Panarin Traded to Columbus”
Wednesday night in Las Vegas saw Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky win top honors amongst goalies for the second time in his career. Continue reading “Sergei Bobrovsky Wins Second Career Vezina”