Photo credit: Francois Laplante

Thanks to his nine-point game versus the LatviansEvgeny Kuznetsov was already the talk of the World Junior Championship before the semifinal game on Tuesday night, but his star-making performance in Russia’s 6-5 victory over Canada has made him the premiere young hockey talent in the world.

The Canadians recovered from a second period meltdown — which ended with them down 6-1– to mount a dramatic comeback in the third with 4 unanswered goals in 5 minutes. The game ended before Canada could close the gap.

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Ovi celebrates an early powerplay goal. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)

The Washington Capitals entered the new year with three wins in their rear-view and a convalesced Mike Green. Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames stopped in D.C. at the worst time.

Alex Ovechkin scored on the first shot of the night, a power play rocket one just 71 seconds in. Troy Brouwer crashed the net for number two, but Curtis Glencross got one back by snatching a behind-the-goal pass from Iginla. Nick Backstrom set up Dennis Wideman for the Caps’ third goal. Caps beat Flames 3-1.

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Download and Print the MIKE GREEN: GAME ON Poster

As we learned earlier, Mike Green will return to active play tonight after missing 73 billion games due to an injury to his love machine.

To celebrate Green’s return to the ice, here is a printable poster!

The mondo link below will download a PDF, which fits an 8.5″ x 11″ page splendidly. Download the file and print a million of these to pass out to everyone you see at Verizon Center. Mike Green is back. GAME ON.

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DOWNLOAD THE GAME ON SIGN IN BLACK & WHITE

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Hark! Mike Green Has Returned

According to John Walton, Mike Green will play tonight vs. the Calgary Flames, his hometown team. It will be his first game since November 11th, his 9th game of the season.  Green played just 33 games in the calendar year of 2011.

We will have a printable poster after lunch. In the meantime, deal with this ridiculous photoshop.

Top row: John Carlson, Dennis Wideman, Roman Hamrlik, John Erskine, Karl Alzner (with Raccoon Hat), and Marcus Johansson
Front Row: Dale Hunter, Alex Semin, Jason Chimera, Dmitry Orlov, Jeff Schultz

Video: 2012 Winter Classic Time Lapse

Late on Monday, the NHL released a pretty sweet time lapse video of the Winter Classic ice rink being built at Citizens Bank Park and concludes with 46,967 people filing out of the stands at the end of yesterday’s game, a thrilling 3-2 Rangers’ victory. Now just imagine this in 2014– maybe at FedEx Field or Nationals Park (or even Camden Yards!).