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Streaming Video of Last Week’s KHL Games

Sep 25

Avangard Omsk @  Amur Khabarovsk
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Severstal Cherepovets @  Atlant Mytischi
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Sep 26

Dinamo Moscow @  Spartak Moscow
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Another Moscow derby and another great game. Packed crowd, great atmosphere, intensity and the last few minutes full of drama.

Sep 28

Salavat Yulayev Ufa @  Metallurg Magnitogorsk
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Magnitka’s last KHL game before they take on the NHL’s New York Rangers in the Victoria Cup (live on NHL Network and MSG in North America) and they have to play last season’s Russian Superliga champs.

Dinamo Minsk @  Severstal Cherepovets
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Sep 29

HK MVD Balashikha @  Avangard Omsk
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Wayne Fleming, former Calgary Flames assistant makes his debut as the new head coach of Avangard Omsk.

Spartak Moscow @  SKA St. Petersburg
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Sibir Novosibirsk @  AK Bars Kazan
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September 30, 2008 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Sergei Fedorov Impersonating Spring Chicken in Capitals Debut

Sergei Fedorov Debuts for the Caps

Sergei Fedorov looks like he’s pretty excited about his trade to the up and coming Washington Capitals. So much so that he has decided to bring back the old time tradition of playing without a helmet. OK, not really, but…

Skating on the Caps second unit between Brooks Laich and fellow Russian Alex Semin the future Hall of Famer looked like he was 25 again in his debut against the East leading New Jersey Devils. A couple of big hits, blocked shots and a sweet no look pass on the Washington’s first goal in a 4-0 road demolition of the Devils has the Caps GM George McPhee and coach Bruce Boudreau smiling from ear to ear.

Overall, Fedorov looked like he hasn’t lost much in terms of his incredible skating ability and it just might be that Boudreau’s wide open, aggressive style of play suits his game far more than the defensive oriented, trapping style of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team where he was basically relegated to a checking forward. Heck, Fedorov was immediately inserted into the Capitals first power play unit and it looked mighty fine right off the bat (or is it stick?) prompting the Devils announcer Mike Emrick to rave about the lightning quick puck movement, Devils goalie Marty Brodeur to fish the puck out of the net after a gorgeous goal, and Devils coach Brent Sutter to look even grimmer than when he’s happy.

Looks like the Capitals have officially replaced the injured Michael Nylander (out for the season) with a legitimate second line center who is still a great defensive player, is in top 20 in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage, and just might be reinvigorated offensively by their wide open style.

Combined with Fedorov’s newly found excitement for playing hockey this might be good news not just for the Capitals, but also for the NHL as a whole. With the possible exception of the Carolina Hurricanes.

We know two things. One. Boudreau’s 9-year old son is loving it. Sergei is his favorite hockey player. Two. Theo Ruth can always tell his grandkids that he was traded for Sergei Fedorov, mano e mano or tovarisch for tovarisch.

March 1, 2008 at 5:00 am Leave a comment


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