Comrade of the Night – Alexander Ovechkin

Ovechkin gets the best of Brodeur with a penalty shot for his 2nd of the game. (ESPN)

Well Dobriy vecher, it’s been a long time, we have been waiting for you. The most frequent winner of From Russia With Glove’s Comrade of the Night award, it only took Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin three days into the 2010 season to make his first appearance. After a somewhat quiet opening game, by his standards, as he picked up an assist on 8 shots against Atlanta, the Great Eight found himself in the “G” column once more.

Deadlocked at 2-2 at home against the New Jersey Devils, Ovechkin swooped in down the left wing, stick handling around defenders towards the middle of the ice. He then released a dart of a wrist shot with two Devils in front of him, and somehow beat Martin Brodeur anyway. From positions where no other player in the league would even think about shooting a puck, Ovechkin can find the back of the net from essentially any place on the ice.

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Bryzgalov/Ovie named NHL’s stars of the week

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On Monday the NHL announced their weekly trio of top players from the previous week with the newest addition featuring two Russians. Ilya Bryzgalov and Alexander Ovechkin were named to the weekly award with the Coyotes goalie taking top honors.

Bryzgalov’s hot start was recognized by the league after posting a 3-0-0 record. He had a minuscule 0.95 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in those games, helping the surprising Coyotes improve their record to 5-2-0.

Ovechkin was the first star on opening week and has continued his fine play since. The Capitals star led all scorers last week with six points 4 goals 2 assistants and helped his team move into first place in the Southeast Division. Congratulations to both.

Comrade of the Night

bryz1courtesy of The Hockey News

Saturday’s honor goes to Phoenix Coyotes keeper Ilya Bryzgalov who shut the door on the red hot Vancouver Canucks helping his team win 5-1. Bryzgalov made 34 saves and had a shutout up till 1:45 in the game when Canucks winger Alex Burrows cashed in on a rebound. The loss ended Vancouver’s four-game winning streak while this was only Phoenix’s second win in the month of March.

The game had a rather strange highlight as Viktor Tikhonov scored on a empty-net delayed call play. Tikhonov was called for a hooking penalty, he touched the puck inside the Vancouver line, but did not maintain control. When Vancouver defenseman Shane O’Brien attempted to poke check, the puck—last touched by Tikhonov— slide into a vacated Vancouver net. As some of you make recall Tikhonov is named after his grandfather who was one of Russia’s most famous hockey coaches. Below is the goal courtesy of the NHL.

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