Malkin, Ovechkin fuel Russia’s 4-2 win over Czech Republic

 

Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves leading Russia (2-0-0-1 7pts) to a 4-2 win over Czech Republic (2-1-0-0, 6 pts) Sunday afternoon. Rivals Evgeni Malkin (2 goals, 1 assist) and Alexander Ovechkin (1 assist) played on the same line for the first time in the tournament, combining for 4 points as the Russians rebounded from a disappointing loss Thursday night to Slovakia. Ovechkin was limited to only one assist but fueled the Russian’s win with a game changing shoulder-to-head open ice hit on Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr that led to an odd-man rush for the Russian’s and Evgeni Malkin netting his second goal of the game to give Russia a 3-1 lead. Czech Republic’s Milan Michalek scored at 14:51 of the third period to cut Russia’s lead to 3-2 but Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk scored an empty net goal with 13 seconds remaining to seal theRead More »

Penguins look to even series at 2-2

 

Coming off of a thrilling 3-2 OT win Wednesday night, the Penguins look to even the series at 2-2 tonight. Pittsburgh which outshot the Capitals 42-23 in Game 3, controlled the play for the most part but needed overtime to solve the Capitals and avoid going down 3-0. Tonight the Penguins are in a must-win situation like they were in Game 3 and many believe the winner of game 4 will win the series. In Game 3, Evgeni Malkin put on a phenomenal performance after being ineffective in games 1 & 2. With Malkin back on track, a little bit of pressure has turned to Jordan Staal who despite being the 2nd overall pick in the 2006 draft, does not take a lot of heat for his subpar play in the playoffs because of the presence of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the lineup. Staal has just one assistRead More »

Penguins faceoff against the Capitals

 

Tonight‚Äôs matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-19-4) and Washington Capitals ( 27-14-3) has no shortage of story lines. Story Line 1: Malkin vs Ovechkin Feud It has become clear over the past year that the former Russian roommates do not get along. Alexander Ovechkin goes out of his way time and time again to hit Malkin. Malkin addressed the issue saying “Ovechkin is a great player, but every time he hits me – I don’t know why,.‚Äù While Malkin and Ovechkin remain mostly quiet on the issue, it is believed it all stems back to Russian reports that Ovechkin took a swing at Malkin’s Russian agent, Gennady Ushakov, in a Moscow night club. Ovechkin denies the story but Evgeni Malkin confirmed to the Tribune ‚Äì Review in November that it happened calling it a “bad situation.” Story Line 2: ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs so special about Crosby‚Äù Capitals forward Alexander Semin sounded offRead More »