Thanks to our friend Dmitry, we have some leftover photos from the World Championships of Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin and Semyon Varlamov via the tricky Russian Internets. Most of these pictures are from a happier time: either practice or at an instance when wearing ripped jeans was absolutely necessary. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below.
When his queue frees up and motivation strikes, award-winning Carroll County Times’ Features Writer Brandon Oland does columns for RMNB. After today’s announcement of the 2011 Winter Classic, Brandon just had something he had to get off his chest.
The Washington Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the latest edition of the hockey classic at an outdoor arena.
The two teams will play on New Year’s Day 2011 at Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This is an annoying development, of course, for the possibility that the Penguins fans will want to wave Terrible Towels at the hockey game. Terrible Towels are puny hand towels that Steelers fans wave with fury at home games.
So I have a suggestion for any Capital fans planning to make the trip to Pittsburgh. Capitals fans should come up with their own version of Terrible Towels that will mock and irk intellectually inferior Penguins fans to no end.
I propose every Capitals fan who travels to Pittsburgh should bring the biggest red beach towels they can find and wave them at tailgate parties. It would be a symbol of Washington’s financial superiority to rundown Pittsburgh. After all, beach towels are bigger and more expensive than hand towels.
If Penguins fans ask what you are doing, simply point out that you thought everyone was supposed to wave towels inside Heinz Field. Then wad up your towel and beat the Penguins fan over the head with it. What are they going to do? Strike back with a Terrible Towel?
Rumors, and for us Caps fans – despair, fill up most of the downtime until we wait for the puck to drop again in October. Some of us speculate on which UFA will be (re)signed, some of us debate hotness of hockey players with or without teeth and some of us debate who’s sweater should hang in the rafters of The Phone Booth.
Olaf Kölzig spent 16 years as a Washington Capital — including six appearances as their goalie in the playoffs. He owns many of the franchise’s meaningful goalie records (GP, W, SO, Pts, SVs and SV%). Should the Caps honor the now-retired Kölzig by hoisting his jersey to the Verizon Center rafters?
Tonight, the Texas Stars upset the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 in Game 7 of the AHL’s Western Conference Finals. Yes, even after the Canadiens reassigned top prospects P.K. Subban and Ben Maxwell down to Hamilton for the deciding game, the Bulldogs still somehow managed to lose. After Hamilton took a 2-0 lead into the third period, Texas scored 4 unanswered goals and will now get the right to play the Hershey Bears in the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. RMNB has your schedule first and a gentle reminder to buy Game 1 or 2 tickets at Hershey NOW!
Game 1: Thursday, June 3 at HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, June 5 at HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.
Game 3: Monday, June 7 at Texas 8:30 p.m.
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Game 4: Wednesday, June 9, at Texas 8:30 p.m.
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*Game 5: Friday, June 11 at Texas 8:30 p.m.
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*Game 6: Monday, June 14 at HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 16 at HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals at GIANT Center are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office or by phone at (717) 534-3911. HERSHEY will look to become the first team since the 1991 Springfield Indians to win back-to-back Calder Cup titles.
Tonight– thanks to our comrade at Alex Ovetjkin– we found out that the Russian Machine had more dental work done at the World Championships. TJ writes:
In the video posted at sport.rian.ru (sport.rian.ru/sport_videos/20100524/238143601.html) Tretiak says that Ovechkin has lost three teeth in addition to the one he lost a few years ago on the upper jaw.
It happened at the end of the final game vs Czech Republic when 3 teeth were knocked out of his lower jaw.
That got us thinking… What does Alex Ovechkin’s smile look like now? Here’s our best guesses using photoshop. Make sure to click on the photos to see them at full size.
Ever since the Capitals were ousted in the first round, there has been no shortage of reasons why- ranging from “stars” like Semin & Green letting them down to Peter prematurely shaving his beard despite us HAVING A PACT. But I am not bitter. Instead, we look towards the future, which looks bright:
- Nicklas Backstrom signed a long-term extension, ensuring we will see dozens (nay hundreds!) of Backstrom-to-Ovechkin goals over the next decade.
- The Habs proved to be legit, knocking out Crysby and the Pens in the 2nd round and making it to the Eastern Conference Finals before being ousted by Philadelphia.
- Neil Greenberg managed to go to a series-clinching game up in Hershey and didn’t jinx it.
So the focus is now on the rumors surrounding how the Caps will look to prevent a repeat of 2009-10, and it starts with a simple real estate transaction: Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov has put his Ottawa house up for sale.
Via lifenews.ru, we have some earth-shattering, ground-breaking news today. Alex Ovechkin has bought a dog! Fedor Fedin has your translation below.
Alex Ovechkin, the best player on the Russian National Team, was one of the last to emerge from the airport after returning from the World Cup which finished yesterday in Germany. It turned out that Ovi actually had a matter to settle with the sanitary inspection and was asked to sign relevant documents for his new acquisition: a two-year-old German shepherd. Alex’s father, Mikhail Viktorovich, left the airport with the new dog. He came to meet Alex with his granddaughter.
“This German shepherd” rejoiced the father of the star hockey player, “is named Gera.”
While inside the airport, the German Shepherd barked at another dog belonging to the Russian Special Police. This should be a good guard dog for the young star’s family. However, Ovi himself did not behave as well as his new friend. He silently went to his father’s car, threw his bags in the back of the trunk and muttered “I’ll go with Sam,” referring to friend Alexander Semin. He did not make any comments to the press.
Today, Russia’s 27 game World Championships winning streak came to a devastating end in a post-olympic rematch against Jaromir Jagr’s Czech Republic team. And much like the match in the Olympics earlier in the year, the pivotal play of today’s World Championships gold medal game was a huge Alex Ovechkin hit. But this time, it was the Russian Machine accidentally laying out and injuring one of his own teammates, Sergei Fedorov (above), which led to Tomas Rolinek’s game winning goal in the second period. Riding stellar goaltending from Tomas Vokoun and an incredible team defense, the Czechs took a 2 goal lead into the third period that they would never relinquish. Our beloved Ruskies fall to the Czech Republic 2-1. Silver has never tasted so bitter.
Like one would expect, the Russians came out and played with fire. But much like the Canadiens/Capitals series, most of Russia’s chances came from the perimeter. And the Czechs waited and pounced on any mistakes Russia made. A sense of real urgency only revealed itself towards the end of the third period. And by then it was too late for Russia.
In front of their hometown fans in tonight’s game six, Hershey showed up to play, holding a huge edge in puck-possession time. But, as head coach Mark French would later say, the Bears’ effort those first 40 minutes was “misdirected.” Manchester had a 24-13 shot advantage, and the Bears only managed 4 shots on goal in the first. Despite owning the puck much less, the Monarchs took what seemed like an insurmountable 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Like they have all year, the Bears came back harder in the third and won their 7th overtime game of the playoffs (an AHL record). The Chocolate and White now advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the fourth time in five years and will face the winner of the Hamilton Bulldogs (MON)/Texas Stars (DAL) series! WOOOOOOOOOO!!
You know what? It’s been too long. Let’s play the bullets:
Tonight the Hershey Bears will look to advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the fourth time in five years if they can outlast the Manchester Monarchs in Game 6 at Giant Center. Below are some photos from pregame warm-ups via our Hershey correspondent Kyle M. You can hear the game called live by John Walton here: