From Russia With Gloves: Getting to Know the NHL’s Latest KHL Imports

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The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The opening of the NHL free agency period saw for the first time in years, Russian players choosing to leave the motherland instead of running home. We try our best to give all the incoming comrades an evulation and how they will mix into their new teams.
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Russia Win Gold in Minsk

After failing to win any silverware in 2013 in Sweden and on home ice in Sochi, Team Russia came to Belarus with a new attitude. Their last coach was gone and their new coach preached a defensive style of play, the result? Russia dominated competition at the 2014 Men’s World Championships allowing the fewest goals against and scoring the most goals for as their undefeated run resulted in gold medal with a dominating 5-2 victory over the pesky Finns.
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Comrade of the Night

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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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