Sixth Time’s a Charm for Samsonov

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“For me, six times was a charm.”…These must be the words, courtesy of My Cousin Vinny, that were replaying in Sergei Samsonov’s head when he got the phone call from Jim Rutherford.  It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for the once highly sought after, Samsonov.  After his impressive rookie campaign, Samsonov followed up the next two years with consistent numbers, and then exploded onto the scene with 70+ points.
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NHL Set to Return to Russian Soil


It has been 20 years since the NHL ventured to Mother Russia when the Minnesota North Stars and Montreal Canadiens took on the likes of the Soviet National team. Now prior to the official start of the 2010-2011 NHL season the league has arranged for both the Phoenix Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes to take on KHL clubs in Moscow and Riga, Latvia before the season kicks off in Finland and the Czech Republic.
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Comrade of the Night

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Tonight’s honor goes to Sergei Samsonov of the Carolina Hurricanes. Samsonov first assisted on Ray Whitney’s goal which would be the first of his hattrick. He then capitalized on a turnover by the Flames defense and was able to beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a wrist shot. It was Samsonov’s 14th of a season as the player shows flashes of his old self. The goal below is courtesy of the NHL.,2,964&event=CAR43