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Olympics » Ovechkin might be paired with Malkin; Nabokov and Bryzgalov to share ice time

Olympics » Ovechkin might be paired with Malkin; Nabokov and Bryzgalov to share ice time

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Ovechkin might be paired with Malkin; Nabokov and Bryzgalov to share ice time (Photo © Getty Images) Team Russia's coach Igor Zakharkin gave a few interviews where he stated that Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) might play on the same line, and that goalkeepers Evgeny Nabokov (San Jose Sharks) and Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes) will both play during the robin-round at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Zakharkin on Ovechkin-Malkin to olympics10.ru - Is there a chance to see Ovechkin and Malkin playing on the same line? Zakharkin: "Maybe not since the very beginning but somewhere in the middle of the game or during power plays. We will think about it. We are also taking into account the fact that quite often Ovechkin plays on the left wing fo...
Sergei Gonchar: “Would like to be paired with Andrei Markov at Olympics”

Sergei Gonchar: “Would like to be paired with Andrei Markov at Olympics”

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Sergei Gonchar: "Would like to be paired with Andrei Markov at Olympics" (Photo © Getty Images) Russian defenceman Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose inclusion in Russia's Olympics roster came as no surprise, talked about playing on one line with Andrei Markov of the Canadiens at the Olympics in Vancouver, main rivals of Team Russia, compared the Stanley Cup and the Olympic Games and said that he expected European referees to give more penalties. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of Gonchar's interview to Alexander Chekhov of Sport-Express. Q. What do you expect from the Olympic Games in Vancouver? Gonchar: "Just have a look at our roster and you will see what I expect. We have a great team and there is no other aim except the gold medals." Who would you like to...
KHL player to carry Russian flag at Olympics opening ceremony

KHL player to carry Russian flag at Olympics opening ceremony

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KHL player to carry Russian flag at Olympics opening ceremony (Photo © vancouver2010.com) The Vice President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Vladimir Vasin in an interview to Russian newspaper Sovetskiy Sport claimed that a KHL player will most likely carry the Russian flag at the Vancouver Olympics' opening ceremony. Vasin: "The opening ceremony will take place on the 12th of February. Our hockey players will arrive in Vancouver one day before and will play only on the 16th, so it is quite logical to choose the standard-bearer from the hockey players. This player will be from the KHL." Q. Maybe you should choose Sergei Fedorov, the most experienced player? Vasin: "Why not." 9 out of 23 players in the Russian Team will represent the KHL, they are: defencemen Ilya Nikulin, Dmitriy Kalini...
Russian Olympics roster released

Russian Olympics roster released

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Russian Olympics roster released (Photo © vancouver2010.com) The official Russian Hockey Federation site has released Team Russia's roster for the Olympics in Vancouver. Goalkeepers Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks, NHL Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, NHL Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals, NHL Defencemen Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, NHL Ilya Nikulin, Ak Bars, KHL, Dmitriy Kalinin, Salavat Yulaev, KHL Konstantin Korneev, CSKA, KHL, Denis Grebeshkov, Edmonton Oilers, NHL Fedor Tyutin, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Anton Volchenkov, Ottawa Senators, NHL Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Sergei Fedorov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers, NHL Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta...
Vyacheslav Bykov: “Yashin lacks the energy we want”

Vyacheslav Bykov: “Yashin lacks the energy we want”

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Vyacheslav Bykov: "Yashin lacks the energy we want" (Photo © khl.ru) Team Russia head coach Vyacheslav Bykov in an interview to Sport-Express explained why he didn't invite Alexei Yashin to the national team. Bykov: "Why didn't we include Yashin in our Olympics' candidate list? We need different energy from the one he displayed in the Eurotour, where he disappointed us. We have no conflicts with Alexei. I know that it made him feel bad but that's life." Most likely Yashin won't play at the Olympics in Vancouver. Translated by RussianHockeyFans.com
Ilya Kovalchuk: “Olympics more important than Stanley Cup”

Ilya Kovalchuk: “Olympics more important than Stanley Cup”

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Ilya Kovalchuk: "Olympics more important than Stanley Cup" (Photo © Elsa/Getty Images) Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk gave an interview to Russian site sportbox.ru where he talked about the Olympics in Vancouver. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Q. How often do you think about the Olympic Games in Vancouver? Kovalchuk: "Pretty often, but right now I'm focused on playing for the Thrashers. We got into a functional slump and now have to get out of it as soon as possible." Do you agree that Russia has the best attack and Canada has the best defence? And what do you expect from the Russia-Canada game? Kovalchuk: "Let's wait until February when we face Canada, if we face them at all. I don't think that Canada has the best defence, I'd rather say their defencmen are the most tout...
Team Russia » Vyacheslav Bykov: “Olympic silver would be a failure”

Team Russia » Vyacheslav Bykov: “Olympic silver would be a failure”

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Vyacheslav Bykov: "Olympic silver would be a failure" (Photo © Sports.ru) Team Russia head coach Vyacheslav Bykov had an interview with Sport-Express in which he discussed many things about the Olympics and the Russian national team. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of the most important parts: - I think that among the top teams only Finland has little pressure. The Americans will try hard to show that they aren't inferior to Canada and thus they'll do all the possible to disappoint their neighbors. Pressure on the Canadians is heavy, since they play at home and they got to the last two WC finals. It's heavy also on Sweden, because they the reigning Olympic champions. Czech Repubblic will have to deal with pressure too, they didn't manage to repeat their Nagano triumph and ...
Alexander Ovechkin: “I’m a ‘caveman’ because I don’t care what others think of me”

Alexander Ovechkin: “I’m a ‘caveman’ because I don’t care what others think of me”

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Alexander Ovechkin: "I'm a 'caveman' because I don't care what others think of me" (Photo © The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz) Alexander Ovechkin gave an interview to Anna Nasekina of Sovetskiy Sport in Montreal where his Capitals faced the Canadiens. Ovechkin talked about being a caveman, not caring about what others think of him, the Olympics, girls, and a lot of other funny stuff. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Anna Nasekina is a member of Russian Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team and a reporter for Sovetskiy Sport at the same time. Last week she was in Montreal when Ovechkin's Capitals came there to face the Canadiens. Anna and Alexander met in a restaurant in the city centre. As soon as Anna entered the restaurant and approached Oveckhin he stood up and kissed her on ...
Igor Zakharkin: “Starting goalie will be known only in February”

Igor Zakharkin: “Starting goalie will be known only in February”

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Igor Zakharkin: "Starting goalie will be known only in February" (Photo © Sportdaily.ru) After stating that the Olympic starter should be Evgeny Nabokov, team Russia assistant coach Igor Zakharkin makes an u-turn and says that the first goalie will be known in February only. Russian Hockey Fans offers you a translation of an interview with Sovietskiy Sport interview in with Zakharkin speaks about goalies' chances and about Ovechkin's need not to change his style. - The other morning i turned on the computer and I got shocked when I read the news about Ovechkin's injury. We are already thinking seriously about the Olympics. At any moment an injury can arrive. I don't know which diagnosis Sasha got, but you can't joke with knees. This is already Ovechkin's second injury of the season. I und...
Olympics » Igor Zakharkin: “Evgeny Nabokov should be the Olympics’ starter”

Olympics » Igor Zakharkin: “Evgeny Nabokov should be the Olympics’ starter”

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Igor Zakharkin: "Evgeny Nabokov should be the Olympics' starter" (Photo © Associated Press) In this interview with Sovietskiy Sport, Team Russia's assistant coach Igor Zakharkin stated that Evgeny Nabokov will most likely be the starting goalkeeper in Vancouver. He also indicated that they plan to reunite the famous ZZM (Zaripov, Zinoviev, Morozov) line. - Did you have talks with Evgeny Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov? Did you talk with Evgeny Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov? Who of them will have to be a backup goalie and resign himself to this decision? - There can't be two first goalies in a game and there is no doubt that Evgeny Nabokov should be the starter. He's a great goalkeeper with undeniable qualities. He excellently commands the defense. He’s a player with a winning soul who can turn u...