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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After last night’s letdown against the Swedes, Team Russia had little chance to sulk. Partially in part to a literal rude awakening at the hotel, but also because the young guns of North America awaited mere hours later. What Russia would come out after coming so close to clawing their way against a strong Swedish team versus a team that has existed for a good two weeks? It looked to be more of the same from Sunday, as again Russia allowed the first goal after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel made Pavel Datsyuk and the D corps look pedestrian for the quick lead. Russia would get numerous chances on the man advantage but could barely muster any sort of offense as that “here we go again” feeling slowly crept into everyones head.
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The 80s saw the first hockey players from the Soviet Union make it to the NHL. These early pioneers risked much to defect so they could play in the US and Canada. Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov broke the barrier that allowed Soviet players to more freely move to the NHL. Since then, we have seen many great names come from Russia and other former Soviet bloc countries.
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While our ever popular Comrade of the Night posts are few and far this season it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped watching those who a make a great sport even greater.
As we slowly creep up on the New Year there is no player playing better than Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Already leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, the poster boy for Russian hockey put his team on his back with last nights offensive outburst.
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A role reserved for the Canadians has birthed a co-star in recent years on the World Junior stage as another team in red has given Russia fits. This team however, wears a different red jersey, one that features a cross instead of the fabled maple leaf. Earlier today, Switzerland nearly spoiled the party in Ufa by forcing Russia to play for 5th place for the second time in three years.
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Last time Russia met Canada at the Junior World stage it took a five goal rally by the Russians to clinch their first gold medal since 2003. Last night, the Russians avoided a similar rally at the hands of the Canadians when their 5-1 lead entering the third period quickly vanished.
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