Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 27, 2016

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Russia’s Anna Shokhina (#97) and Tatiana Rafter of the New York Riveters face off during a game earlier this week. (Image Source)

It is Tuesday, so once again we update you on the week’s happenings in Russian women’s hockey!  The big news this week was that the national team was in action, having journeyed to the United States for a series of games against clubs in the NWHL.  Read on, for a summary of that has gone so far, and some other bits of news!

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All Over

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Team Russia salutes the crowd after bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey. (Image Source)

Russia’s run at the World Cup of Hockey has come to an end, after today’s defeat by Canada in the tournament’s semi-final.  Read on, for a bit of a match report and some quick thoughts on Russia’s tournament as a whole!

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Players of Interest Update: Sept. 23rd, 2016

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Linus Omark had some reasons to be happy on Thursday! (Image Source)

A day late due to yesterday’s World Cup of Hockey excitement, but here we are.  It was a somewhat eventful week for at least one of our six players of particular interest, and not in a good way.  For others, things went better (see image above) — read on!

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To the Final Four!

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Vladimir Tarasenko gets Russia rolling in the second period against Finland. (Image Source)

It was simple math for Russia in today’s World Cup of Hockey group stage battle against Finland: win and advance to the semi-finals, or lose and be eliminated from the tournament.  You can guess from the picture above, and the post title, how it all worked out, but read on for some discussion of the game itself!

(A quick blog note: the usual Thursday update on our KHL Players of Interest will occur tomorrow.)

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Home Again

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Valery Nichushkin. (Image Source)

Apart from the World Cup,  the big Russian hockey news this week, quite clearly, was the decision of young Dallas Stars prospect Valery Nichushkin to sign a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow after three seasons in Texas.  It is something of a shocking move; the young man from Chelyabinsk was taken tenth overall in the 2013 NHL draft, joined the Stars that autumn, and put up a decent rookie season line of 74 gp, 14-20-34 (plus 6gp, 1-1-2 in the playoffs) despite being only 18 years old.  So what happened, and what next?  Read on, for some admittedly half-baked thoughts on Nichushkin and the issue of young players from overseas in the NHL…

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 20th, 2016

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The Russian U18 Women’s Team celebrates after winning the Cup der deutschen Einheit last week. (Image Source)

League play gave way to international action on the Russian women’s hockey scene this past week, with both the Under-18 and Senior national squads at work.  Read on, for a look at some games that were played last week, and some that are yet to come!

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Nerves Racked

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The man of the hour: Bobrovsky shuts the door Russia. (Image Source)

Team Russia’s tournament-opening loss to Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey meant that backs were to the wall for them very early, with victory suddenly vital in Game 2 of the group stage against the North American team.  It would not be easy, as the young Can-Am side had pretty much done what it wanted in its own opener against Finland.  But in the end, the Russians came through; read on, for a quick match report!

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A Rough Start

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Russian captain Alexander Ovechkin and Nikita Kucherov battle in the Swedish goalmouth during Sunday’s World Cup of Hockey meeting. (Image Source)

Russia played her opening game at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournament in Canada earlier this afternoon, with Sweden the opposition.  Oleg Znarok’s troops did not get the result they wanted; read on for a quick summary of the game and a few words on the tournament itself.

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Players of Interest Update: Sept. 15, 2016

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Kirill Koltsov, whose week, we must admit, was not the best. (Image Source)

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to look in once again on how our team of players of particular interest have done over the last seven days.  Read on, for the end of a slump, some bad puck-luck, and a young goalie starting to do some very nice things!

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The Record

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Sergei Mozyakin and Boris Mikhailov. (Image Source)

In the end, we had to wait a bit.  Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Sergei Mozyakin scored goal number 427 of his illustrious career on August 27th, putting him just one behind Boris Mikhailov for the most all-time in Soviet or Russian top-level domestic hockey.  That was Mozyakin’s third goal in three games to start the season, and so it seemed certain that the record-tying and -breaking tallies would arrive quite promptly.  But perhaps the pressure took its toll; it would be four full games and most of a fifth before Mozyakin equaled Mikhailov with a beautiful shot off a clever assist against Jokerit Helsinki on September 10th.  Three days later, at home against Dinamo Minsk, the record fell.  Read on, as we take a look at the historic marker!

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