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Monday night, former Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Though the two legends only played a combined 211 games in Washington, they both played important roles on the team.

Through 2007-09, Fedorov mentored young Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin, while primarily centering the team’s second line. Feds also scored one of the biggest and most exciting goals in franchise history.

Meanwhile, Housley tallied 71 points in 141 games (1996-98). The Capitals made their only Stanley Cup Final appearance during Housley’s final season in Washington.

Fedorov and Housley join Adam Oates (2012), Dino Ciccarelli (2010), Scott Stevens (2007), Larry Murphy (2004), Rod Langway (2002), and Mike Gartner (2000) as the only other Capitals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame this century.

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Alex Ovechkin just scored his first power play goal and his eighth overall of the season (Peter called it). The goal was also Ovechkin’s 483rd of his career, which ties Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals by a Russian all-time.

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Over the next few years, Alex Ovechkin will take his place among the greatest hockey players ever. Last Tuesday, he became the first Washington Capital in franchise history to score 900 pointsAccording to the New York Times, Ovechkin’s next big accomplishment will be the Russian NHL goal record.

The person in front of him is mentor and former Capital Sergei Fedorov. Ovechkin has scored 480 NHL goals in 766 games. Fedorov, who left the NHL in 2009 and finished his career in the KHL, scored 483 goals in 1,248 games.

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So, it’s the Rangers again. For the fifth time in seven seasons, the Washington Capitals will square off against the folks from Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These series have produced signature moments in Capitals history, such as Sergei Fedorov‘s game seven winner in 2009, and crushing defeats, like when the Rangers outlasted the Capitals by just one goal in game seven of the second round in 2012, booking a spot in the Eastern Conference Final. But, as is their pattern this year, the Washington Capitals will tell you this team is different. They don’t pay attention to the past.

“All that old stuff, get rid of it,” head coach Barry Trotz, in his first year with the Capitals, said. “Let’s look to a new era. Let’s build something.”

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Before getting injured on Sunday by German enforcer Markus Kink, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was having a splendid World Championships. Team Russia, for whom he is captain, is undefeated in six games with a plus-23 goal differential — the highest in the tournament. Ovechkin ranks second in points in the tournament. Plus, he got to ride a tank and shoot off guns and stuff.

Speaking to reporters for twenty minutes on Friday, Ovechkin spoke about a wide range of fun topics. He talked about his duties as captain for Team Russia, his on- and off-again relationship with Evgeni Malkin, and if he’d ever leave for the KHL. Ovechkin also was asked about his upcoming wedding (which, c’mon, that’s inevitable) and his ideal linemates. He really misses Sasha Minor and Sergei.

RMNB’s Igor Kleyner has translated most of the press conference, transcribed by Sport-Express, below.

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Newsflash: former Washington Capitals center Sergei Fedorov is playing hockey again. The Russian legend — who retired two years ago after spending two seasons with KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk to become the general manager of CSKA Moscow — played in a Spengler Cup game today against the Rochester Americans. Fedorov played on the second line with Ilari Filppula and Igor Saprykin.

CSKA won 4-3 and Fedorov didn’t do much. He had two shots on goal. But who cares? He played an actual hockey game again. That’s worth celebrating.

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CSKA Acquires KHL Rights to Dmitry Orlov

Dmitry Orlov during his stint with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in 2009-10 season. (Photo credit: Metallurg Novokuznetsk)

CSKA Moscow, managed by former Washington Capitals forward Sergei Fedorov, has acquired the KHL rights to prospects Dmitry Orlov (of the Washington Capitals) and Ivan Telegin (of the Winnipeg Jets) from Metallurg Novokuznetsk in exchange for financial compensation. Both Telegin and Orlov are hometown kids and alumni of Metallurg. After playing in the same system for many years, they know each other very well; they’re even friends.

Orlov, 22, was assigned to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears to start the year after being unable to make the Caps roster out of camp. He’s in a tight competition for spots with many other young defensemen in the organization like Nate Schmidt and Tomas Kundratek. He played 60 games for Washington in the 2011-12 season before two concussions sidelined him and lost him his spot in the NHL. With Jack Hillen out four-to-six months, now may be the time for Orlov to step up and take back his position in the NHL before it’s too late.

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Sergei Fedorov Still Uses His Capitals Gear (Photo)


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There have been some absurd rumors floating around Russia that former Capital Sergei Fedorov is considering a comeback at age 43. While that is about as likely as the Redskins changing their name, Fedorov has been skating with the team he is the general manager of, the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, every now and then. Wednesday was one of those instances.

Russian journalist/funny man Alexey Shevchenko photographed Fedorov’s sweaty gear in the locker room and instagrammed the following sarcastic comment: “Sergei Fedorov’s workplace. Peak of offseason preparation. I’ll remind you that this year SE [Sport-Express] said he will play. In the KHL. Play in the KHL.”

What I’m more interested in, however, is in the middle of the photo. Fedorov still uses his #91 Capitals bag from Washington. He appears to have left DC with different feelings than Alex Semin.

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Over the last week, CSKA general manager and former Capital Sergei Fedorov has been a busy man, signing Ilya Bryzgalov, Pavel Datsyuk, and Mikhail Grabovski to lockout contracts. CSKA’s roster, which also includes former KHL MVP Alex Radulov, is much like the New York Yankees: they are rich, and they sign the best players.

Coming into Thursday’s game with Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s Traktor Cheylabinsk, it was obvious who the favorites were. But thanks to a stunning goal by Andrey Popov in the final minutes and a meltdown by Radulov, Traktor prevailed 4-3.

Highlights below.

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Alex Ovechkin skating with Dynamo in 2010. (Photo credit: Sport-Express)

Over the weekend, it was widely reported that Alex Ovechkin‘s former Russian Super League team, Dynamo Moscow, would try to sign the Capitals captain if the NHL enters into a lockout on September 15th. According to, Dynamo general manager Andrei Safronov said to the press, “[Leafs’ forward Leo] Komarov (who played on the team last year) will come. We will talk with Ovechkin. It will be up to the head coach.” And headlines across Russia and North America followed.

Well apparently, not everyone in Dynamo’s front office are as open to Ovechkin returning — even for a potential asking price of $3 million (plus insurance). In an extended meeting with the press on Sunday, president Arkady Rotenberg distanced himself from Safronov’s earlier comments.

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