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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In what seems to be a recurring yearly theme in the NHL, another Russian athlete has been arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic violence. Kings’ defenseman, Slava Voynov was arrested early this morning in Torrance, CA after bringing his girlfriend to the hospital after allegedly beating her. Hospital staff quickly alerted police who arrived and took the 24-year-old Chelyabinsk native into custody. Voynov posted the $50,000 bail and was immediately suspended indefinitely by the league.
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When Semyon Varlamov tweaked his groin against the Maple Leafs or possibly the next morning, his promising backup Reto Barra was forced to leave the Avs’ next game with an injury of his own. With no definite time table set for either netminders, social media is abuzz over the possibility of the Avalanche courting the winningest goalie of all-time to help hold down the crease.
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The Sochi games have come and gone. Dreams were broken, bears cried, and one of the tournaments favorites fell flat on their faces, again. The focus now shifts back to the remainder of the NHL season as teams attempt to make a push for the post season in search of Lord Stanley’s mug.
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<span style="font-family:Georgia; font-size:17px;This is the Georgia font, size 13px.There are many things in life that are guarantees. Water is wet, the sky is blue, and if you’re a fan of the Russian national team at the Olympics, seeing your team constantly fail is a sure thing. This was supposed to be their year according to those who believe in wishful thinking. After embarrassment in Vancouver, the home ice was supposed to help push the team to unseen territory (the podium) a place they’d hadn’t graced since 2002.
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(Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Following their heartbreaking loss to the US on Saturday, Russia faced off against a win-less Slovakia needing to win in regulation in order to get a bye to the quarter finals. Whether it was fatigue or lack of enthusiasm or both, Sbornya came out rather flat against a Slovakian team who had lost to newcomer Slovenia the night before.
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The moment had finally arrived for Russia’s national hockey team as the crown jewel of the Olympics got under way for the home team. Chants of “Russia!, Russia!” echoed throughout the arena even before puck drop as the quest for gold was imminent. The pressure, intensity, and hype was answered within 77 seconds of the teams’ opening game with the poster boy of the NHL and Russia, Alexander Ovechkin, roofing a laser wrist shot into Slovenia’s net to send the crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome into a frenzy.
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