Comrade of the Weekend-Alexander Ovechkin

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It’s funny how quickly things can change in hockey. Whether a team drops out of a playoff spot after being in the top eight all season (see New Jersey), a one-team veteran dons another jersey (see Iginla, Morrow, Murray) or for the sake of this article, when a player goes from lackluster to what the kids call “beast mode”.
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Will Malkin’s Concussion Cause Headaches for Pittsburgh?

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On Friday night, Pittsburgh star and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin took a check from Florida’s Erik Gudbranson forcing him to fly hard into the boards before slamming his head violently. The 26-year old stayed down and play (seen below) was halted immediately. Despite being able to skate off the ice under his own power, Malkin left the game and it was revealed the following day he was suffering from short-term memory loss.
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Evgeni Malkin To Have Knee Surgery

On Wednesday, it was announced by the Pittsburgh Penguins that Evgeni Malkin has elected to have knee surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his right knee. Malkin, who was only just making his return to the ice from a different ailment, suffered the injury when Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers awkwardly fell on his knee during a February 4th game at the Consol Energy Center. Malkin then had to be helped off the ice and headed directly to the locker room, and it was later revealed he had torn both his ACL and MCL.

The Penguins are estimating his recovery time at six months, which effectively rules him out for the season and duration of the playoffs, but expect Malkin to be ready when training camp begins in September.
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Russia’s Time to Shine at the Winter Classic


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There’s beating a dead horse and then there is the Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby rivalry. The NHL’s two biggest stars, rivals on the ice yadda yadda yadda. The league received much criticism when it awarded this year’s Winter Classic (tonight at 8pm NBC) to Washington and Pittsburgh with the Crosby led Pens appearing in their second Classic in the event’s short four year existence.

While the league is doing what’s best to generate interest and revenue by pitting their poster boys against one another outdoors in front of what’s expected to be 67,000 fans it leaves many who have been fans before this new rivalry feeling slightly cheated.
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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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A Night with the Stars, a insiders take on the NHL Awards

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Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the NHL awards at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Never having gone to one before I certainly didn’t know what to expect when it came to showtime. Prior to the actual show fans were invited to gather around the red carpet where players, their families, and top dogs of the NHL would walk en route to the Pearl Concert Theater.
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