Comrade of Opening Weekend-Vladimir Tarasenko

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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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Comrade of the Night- Slava Voynov

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On a busy night in the NHL which saw the goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky give up a combined nine goals, Evgeni Nabokov get yanked ahead of a shootout, Evgeni Malkin razzling and dazzling in said shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin helping his team beat the undefeated Washington Capitals one man stood above the rest.
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Comrades of the Night-Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin

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If you’ve followed this website since it’s infancy, you know by now that the Comrade of the Night feature is reserved for the best Russian who racks up the most goals, points, or saves on a given night. Last night however, two of the biggest names in Russian hockey joined forces to help the wives and children left behind after the plane crash which took the Lokomotiv Yaroslalv team in early September.
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Comrades of the Night-Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin

It’s rare that we award the ever prestigious comrade of the night award to more than one player but such is the case for Washington’s Alex’s. The Russian duo scored both goals in DC’s opening game tonight as they renewed their hostilities with the New York Rangers to start their quest for the team’s first Stanley Cup. Ovechkin helped knot up the game in the 3rd period when stuffing in Semin’s effort past goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his 21st playoff goal.
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Comrade of the Night-Semyon Varlamov

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After battling a nagging groin injury in the beginning of the season and being rotated in and out of the line-up with Michal Neuvirth it appears Semyon Varlamov is finally finding his game. Varly made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season against the Montreal Canadiens last night to give head coach Bruce Boudreau a mighty hard task on who to start for the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
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Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

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It’s not often we honor the same Russian player in our Comrade of the Night feature back-to-back, but with tonight’s 5-point performance Evgeni Malkin’s effort could not go ignored. Malkin, who recently returned to the Pittsburgh line-up after missing a few games with a leg injury assisted on 3 goals while scoring 2 of his own en route to a 6-1 Penguins win over the Coyotes.

The affectionately named Geno started the night assisting on a Kris Letang power-play goal before scoring his 13th of the year just seconds before the first period horn. Malkin would beat Jason LaBarbera on a one-timer from Sidney Crosby immediately after a face-off to double his team’s lead.
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Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

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On Tuesday, Evgeni Malkin returned to the Penguins line-up ahead of the “Battle of Pennsylvania” after missing four games with a lower-body injury. He made his presence known by scoring the only goals for the Pens as their 12-game winning streak was halted by the Flyers.

Malkin tied the game for the Pens twice, first in the second period by beating Brian Boucher on a one-timer from the left circle and then from the blue-line in the final frame before Scott Hartnell got the eventual winner. Malkin had 8 shots on net for tops overall and finished with a +/- of -1.
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