Comrade of the night-Semyon Varlamov

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On a night when Alexander Ovechkin returned to the Washington Capitals line-up following his first career suspension, keeper Semyon Varlamov posted his second shutout of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Varly stopped all 26 shots to improve his record to 12-1-2 as the 21-year-old Samara native propelled the Caps over their division rivals for the 12th consecutive time. If he hopes of cracking the Russian Olympic squad in February, Varlamov has some ground to make up to catch Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov who have 16 and 17 wins respectively.

Congrats to Varly for his first COTN nod this year. Here are his two best saves of the night courtesy as always of the NHL and NHL.com

http://www.nhl.tv/team/embed.jsp?hlg=20092010,2,433&event=T.B293

http://www.nhl.tv/team/embed.jsp?hlg=20092010,2,433&event=T.B612

Varlamov’s New Mask/Malkin Visits White House(Updated)


(courtesy of The Washington Post)


(courtesy of The Washington Post)

Here the latest shots of Simeon Varlamov’s new mask for the upcoming season. Varly has taken the patriotic route combining Mt.Rushmore with the bald eagle and the Russian Coat of Arms. The chin combines the Capitals logo and both country’s flags. This is definitely one of the finer masks in the NHL. Below is a video of close up.

http://capitals.nhl.tv/team/embed.jsp?catid=810&id=46097

On Thursday, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House and President Barrack Obama days after meeting Russian President and now Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Obama congratulated Malkin for becoming the third youngest player to win the Conn Smyth but he was was too busy trying to take a picture of the President on his cellphone.

Malkin also made it a point to say hi to his mother and father via the television cameras in hopes this was broadcasted back home. Below is a video of the event courtesy as always of the NHL and NHL.com.

Obama(courtesy of AP)

http://penguins.nhl.tv/team/embed.jsp?catid=19&id=46110

The site is back/videos from Russia’s training camp

So we here at fromrussiawithglove are recovering from our first professional hacking from someone located in Iraq who has clearly mistaken us for American sympathizers.

We are back and running now and to cheer everyone up we decided to share some videos from Team Russia’s Olympic orientation in Moscow.

Here are the players coming out of the locker room to the anthem of Russian/Soviet hockey

Here are the players following their shootout loss.

The only recognizable people are Simeon Varlamov of the Capitals and Alexei Kovalev of the Senators.

Russia finally announces Olympic camp invitees

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Today, Russia announced the list of players who will be invited to participate in the tryouts for the national team in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The team is almost split evenly between NHL players and KHL players as Russia looks for their third major title in as many years.

Most of the players who featured in the team’s 2009 World Championship campaign were invited along with those who were in the midst of a playoff series. Notably missing from the invitees are Nikolai Khabibulin, Slava Kozlov, and Sergei Mozyakin who lead the KHL in scoring with 76 points in 56 games.

Below is the list of the players who will be invited to the CSKA facilities in Moscow for the shot to restore national pride to a country who has not captured Olympic gold since the days of the Soviet Union.

The camp will be held Aug. 29-Sep. 1. Teams have until Dec. 30 to submit final rosters, although they can make injury substitutions up until Feb. 15, the day before the Olympic tournament begins in Vancouver.

Goaltenders
Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks)
Simeon Varlamov (Washington Capitals)

Defensemen
Vitali Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL)
Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers)
Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Maxim Kondratiev (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow, KHL)
Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)
Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Vitali Proshkin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Oleg Tverdovsky (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Vitali Vishnevsky (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL)
Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators)
Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow, KHL)
Sergei Zubov (Dallas Stars)

Forwards
Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres)
Konstantin Gorovikov (SKA St. Petersburg, KHL)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Alexei Kovalev (Ottawa Senators)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)
Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Oleg Saprykin (Dynamo Moscow, KHL)
Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)
Alexei Tereschenko (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL)
Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings)

Save of the night

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Usually I do comrade of the night for the action of the evenings events. Seeing how Ovechkin pretty much scored an empty net goal it  doesnt give him the nod nor does it go to Varlamov who played well but this site might as well be named after him(oh wait?).

Varlamov did have one incredible save found below. A desperation save with his stick on Sidney Crosby nonetheless this goal is easily the save of the playoffs. Be sure to watch it in HQ.

Richard Zednik says dosveedanya to Panthers

courtesy of sportsnet.ca

It appears the sunshine state ain’t so pretty no more for Richard Zednik who after being nominated for the Masterdon Trophy plans to continue his career in the KHL signing a two-year deal with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. A city who’s average temperature rarely hits 70.

The terms have not been disclosed but Zednik will join former NHLers Alexei Yashin and Josef Vašíček. Yaroslavl lost to AK Bars in the KHL final in early April. They are also the former team of rising start Simeon Varlamov of the Washington Capitals

Round 2 Preview:Capitals vs Penguins

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After becoming the 21st team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, the Washington Capitals head back to the second round for the first time in 11 years. Alex Ovechkin and company meet a familiar foe in round two as they welcome the fourth seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Led by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby the Penguins Capitals match-up sees two of the league’s faces go head to head in a series which might go 7 games.

Crosby vs Ovechkin, Ovechkin vs Malkin, Semin vs Crosby, the Russian 5 vs the Russian duo, the headlines are endless with this series as not only do the NHL’s brigthest stars go head to head but Russia’s as well. It was not too long ago that Ovechkin and Malkin were feuding before Ilya Kovalchuk intervened at the all-star game in Montreal resulting in this kiss and make up moment.

Now the two players who are  nominated  for the league’s MVP and who will no doubt be featured in Russia’s roster come 2010 in Vancouver will go toe-to-toe on the biggest stage of their NHL careers thus far.  Not to mention Malkin’s teammate Crosby has been critical of Ovechkin’s cheap shots with the players having to be separated in a game back in February. Who can forget the now infamous “what’s so special about Crosby?” line by Alexander Semin.

The NHL’s dream match up has specfically been delayed to start tomorrow so it can be broadcasted on national televsion (NBC 1 pm).

Both teams have plenty of fire power with the usual suspects as well as Viktor Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov, Niklas Backstrom, Ruslan Fedetenko, Tyler Kennedy etc.  Both blue lines feature prominent players such as Mike”time to wake up” Green for the Caps and Sergei”hey remember me?”Gonchar who was tops in ice time last round.

The battle between the pipes will be interesting as rookie sensation Simeon Varlamov(who I hear might pay top ruble for this domain) will take on Marc-Andre Fleury who only had to stand on his head in round 1 against the Flyers. Fleury is the key to the Penguins success having led them to the Cup last year while Varlamov still has under 12 games in his pro career.

Caps in 7

Russians in the mix: Wash-Fedorov, Kozlov, Ovechkin, Semin, Varlamov Pitt:Gonchar, Fedetenko, Malkin