Alex Ovechkin Becomes All-Time Russian Scorer in NHL History

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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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Alexander Ovechkin Becomes First Russian Captain to Win Stanley Cup

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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Russia Wins Gold in Pyeongchang

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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Kulemin Ruled Out for Six Months

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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Varlamov Breaks Own Franchise Record; Avs Borrow our Blog Name

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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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Artemi Panarin Traded to Columbus

breadAhead 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”