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Russian Hockey: Dead or Alive?

April 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Russian Hockey: Dead or Alive?  Anyone who knows anything about hockey knows about Russian superstars Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Andrei Markov, Alexander Semin, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Nabokov, Ilya Bryzgalov, and Pavol Datsyuk. That said, outside of those nine elite level players, just how solid is the Russian bear? The NHL currently boasts a total of 28 Russian forwards and defensemen. Of those 28, only seven were “plus” players. Of those same 28, only eight scored 50 or more points and only 13 scored 30 or more points. Only three Russians registered a short handed goal (Malkin, Semin and Nikolai Kulemin), only 16 Russian players scored a game winning goal—of which, just 12 had more than one. A total of ten Russians registered 38 or more penalty minutes (which can be viewed as good or bad) and a total


Ritter’s Rant: NHL News And Notes

April 27th, 2010 No Comments

He may have only played just over ten minutes, but given his game six performance I think it’s safe to say the P.K. Subban era has commenced in Montreal. There are not too many defensemen that can play in all zones, Subban looks to be that kind of player. Keeping with the Montreal Canadiens, hands up all three of you that predicted the Canadiens would be forcing a game seven in their round one series against the mighty Washington Capitals. The Canadiens have kept Alexander Ovechkin off the scoreboard in two of the six games and they have done a marvelous job extinguishing the Capitals ultra-tough power play which stands at an astonishing 3.3 percent success rate. For the record, the Caps came into the series with the top ranked power play in the regular season, chiming in at a


Price vs. Halak: Still Plenty Of Questions For Montreal Canadiens

April 24th, 2010 No Comments

The Montreal Canadiens went into to this years playoffs with little to no hope of knocking off their first round opponent, the Washington Capitals. In fact, many prognosticators picked the Caps to do away with the Habs in as little a four games, very few were picking the Habs to win the series. Somehow, in the face of adversity, the Habs have fought back from a three games to one deficit to win game five by a final score of 2-1 and, in the process, making a series of it. Outside of a few key injuries to forward Mike Cammalleri and defenseman Andrei Markov this season the Canadiens success or lack-thereof has hinged on the success of their masked men, goaltenders Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak. In game one of the series Halak played what many feel was his best


Montreal Canadiens Best Washington Capitals, Lead Series 1-0

April 16th, 2010 No Comments

As has been the case throughout most of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens (the underdog in the series) shocked everyone but Habs fans, besting the Washington Capitals in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Habs 3-2 victory marked the sixth time in as many games that the winning team beat their opponent by just one goal—the question is, are the one goal games confirmation of the parity that is thought to be within the NHL these days or simply a case of good luck on the underdogs part? Personally, I sense it’s a little of both. The Philadelphia Flyers were outshot by a wide margin on Tuesday night and escaped with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins were the victims of poor goaltending on the part of Marc-Andre Fleury, while the San Jose Sharks were…well,

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