Evgeny Kuznetsov steals the puck before scoring his first goal of the game. (Photo credit: Atlant Moscow Region).

On Friday, Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals and tallied the game-winning shootout goal (aka the DC Hat Trick) in Traktor Cheylabinsk’s 4-3 win over Atlant. Kuznetsov has now scored in four-straight games, and has 16 goals on the season, which puts him tied for 5th amongst all KHL players.

Now let’s see these highlights.

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One does not simply stop Nicklas Backstrom. (Photo credit: Metallurg Novokuznetsk).

After a few days of national team play and a new silver trophy for Ovi, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to Dynamo Moscow to show off the chemistry that makes them one of the most dangerous duos on the planet. On Wednesday, Backstrom had two points and his brother from another mother had one goal in Dynamo’s 4-3 loss to Sibir.

On Friday, Dynamo was back at it again, this time facing Dmitry Orlov’s former team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Backstrom and Ovechkin both scored again, assisting on each other’s goals. Ovi finished with a goal and two assists. Backstrom scored the game-winning goal and notched two points. Dynamo won 4-2.

Video of their goals are below. And you’re going to want to see Ovechkin’s.

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Bruce poses with his sons Ben and Andy. (Photo credit: ahclub.info)

With the NHL lockout forcing another cancellation of games– this time through January 14th, some hockey lifers are desperate to fill the hours. That’s why, at the end of last week, former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau did a telephone interview with the Asnières Castors — a hockey club based near Paris, France. Boudreau had good reason to call though: to show support to his 28-year-old son Ben, who is currently a forward for the team.

The Q/A is pretty pedestrian: Boudreau speaks about the lockout, Cristobal Huet, and his philosophy on coaching. Things get juicy, however, when Bruce is asked which of his former players he’d build a team around. He did not choose Alex Ovechkin.

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And now we have two Alex Ovechkin commercials for Nike in consecutive days. Here we find the Russian machine showing off both his trick shot ability and deep love for citrus fruits. As an elderly Russian woman drops some groceries walking home, Ovechkin — always eager to be a good sumaritan — discreetly shoots an orange into her basket. Awesome.

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On November 17th, Washington Capitals first-line winger Troy Brouwer suited up for the Goals For Dreams hockey game, a charity exhibition that pitted the NHL Players Association against Winnipeg Police Patrolmen. In front of a sold-out crowd at the University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Centre, locked-out stars like Jonathan Toews, Shea Weber, and Mike Richards hit the ice again and raised over $80,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Dream Factory.

Good news for all you Brouwer-maniacs out there: Goals For Dreams has put every player’s game-used jersey up for auction on eBayincluding Troy’s — and bidding ends a little after 9pm tonight.

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Alex Ovechkin signed with Nike a year and a half ago, and now — after all that waiting — he’s finally been put in a commercial, albeit for three seconds. But those three seconds sure are glorious. Watch as Ovi, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and others pine for hockey to return.

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Alex Ovechkin’s On The Cover of ProSport Magazine

Last year as a 19-year-old, Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov was chosen to be on the March cover of Russia’s most popular sports publication, ProSport Magazine. With the NHL lockout wreaking havoc to the 2012-13 season, another kinda-Capital will be gracing ProSport’s cover: two-time NHL MVP and high-fashion model Alex Ovechkin.

The December edition, which will be on sale from December 17 to January 20, 2013, features Ovi in some kind of black mumu sweater thing with the headline “Sasha, from the USA” and “Ovechkin in the KHL.” Now that’s a tease!

Thankfully, to whet our appetite until we get our hands on the latest issue, ProSport has released a somewhat erotic behind-the-scenes video of Ovechkin modeling for their photoshoot. And because I’d rather crop screenshots of Ovechkin shirtless in Photoshop than spend time with my girlfriend and ferrets, here’s some stills too!

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Photo: Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Are Still Bros

Despite the Russian National Team beating out Team Sweden for the Channel One Cup, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom remain friends, as evidenced by this photo tweeted out by line-mate Leo Komarov. Sure, this embrace is not as epic as the bro hug the two shared when Backstrom first signed, but look at these guys. Tiiiiiiight for lyffffee.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov’s 2013 KHL All-Star Game Commercial

Nice hat.

Coming into the season, Evgeny Kuznetsov was persona non grata to Caps fans. The talented 20-year-old winger shunned the NHL for a second time, deciding to stay with Traktor Cheylabinsk for another two years. But with time comes perspective. That decision has proven to be wise, as the NHL lockout has already wiped out half of this season with no signs of ending.

By staying in Russia, Kuznetsov gets to enjoy the KHL All-Star game being held in his hometown of Chelyabinsk. Last week, Kuznetsov was voted in as a starter for the second straight year by fans. And the KHL this weekend debuted a commercial promoting the game featuring Chelyabinsk’s favorite son.

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Photo credit: marlies.ca

The Hershey Bears have long been considered one of the elite teams of the American Hockey League. The Bears have won eleven Calder Cups and had eleven of its coaches and players inducted into the NHL or AHL halls of fame. With its rich history and fantastic arena, the Bears have routinely churned out top prospects and cultivated a huge following, leading the AHL in attendance for the past six seasons. But how do they compare to the rest of the world?

On Monday, Sports.ru blogger Viktor Mayorov tabulated the current average attendance numbers for every hockey team in Europe, which included leagues in Russia (KHL), Germany (DEL), Switzerland (NLA), Austria (EBEL), Sweden (Elitserien), and Finland (SM-Liiga).

The results are below the jump.

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