Malkin Shines the Brightest as Russia Basks in Gold

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The big red machine is back. In what was a case of Déjà vu for many, yesterdays 6-2 thrashing by Team Russia against an inspired Slovakian team was an ode to the Soviet times. Back then Russia was not only the most feared country in the world but also instilled fear on their opponents on the ice. You won’t find the legendary names like Tretiak or Kharlamov on the backs of today’s squad but with their performance throughout this tournament these players have the ability to become something better.
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Comrade of the Night

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The NHL Opening Weekend kicked off in style from TD Banknorth Garden, featuring an exhibition of two division champions from a season ago. And if anyone could steal the glory of Boston’s quest for a Stanley Cup, it’s indeed Alex Ovechkin.

The Capitals sniper, who had all summer to ponder what went wrong after a Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, was no doubt the most eager man taking the ice. No slow starts for Alex the Great either. Although his first period was anything but stellar, as the powerplay stalled and he missed a few opportunities on net, he was unstoppable in the final 40 minutes of action.

Paired with new linemate, Alexander Semin, the Bruins defense somehow forgot all about him as Semin drifted into the offensive zone. Semin took the puck, found Ovechkin trailing late and the Great 8 made no mistake with his quick snapshot.

Ovechkin wasn’t done yet. After demolishing Bruins veteran Mark Recchi to end the second period, hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara took an undisciplined penalty with two seconds to go, giving the Capitals another powerplay chance. The Caps unit came through, but only a minute after scoring, Ovechkin made a line to the net, beat Boston enforcer Milan Lucic to the puck and buried his 2nd of the evening.

 Two goals, an assist, five shots and three hits. All in a good night’s work for Alex the Great. Below are the two goals courtesy as always of the NHL and,2,1&event=BOS377,2,1&event=BOS462