Putin’s Russia And Gangsterism In The KHL

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Winston Churchill This quote would impress an intelligent high school senior. It’s the most banal statement about Russia that …

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Alex Kovalev: The Merchant of Chills and Thrills

Alex Kovalev was the first Russian-born player ever to be drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, picked 15th overall in 1991 by the New York Rangers and quickly distinguished himself with his impressive stickhandling abilities and laser-like wrist shot.

Kovalev may have been the most talented player many had ever seen, but whether his talent translated to the ice was an entirely different proposition.

News and Notes From the NHL’s Opening Weekend

After a nearly four month layoff, the NHL opened its abbreviated 2012-13 (is it still ’12-13 or just ’13?) season with some spirited action over the Martin Luther King Day …

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What Do Recent Injuries Mean For Penguins Trade Gameplan?

Injuries to James Neal and Jordan Staal have turned the tables on Ray Shero, leaving him in a tough spot with his peers knowing how badly the Penguins will need goal-scoring in the coming weeks.

Analyzing James Neal’s Fast Start in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Another game.  Another goal.  James Neal‘s first period tally sparked Pittsburgh to a 3-1 win over Montreal Thursday night and tied him with Phil Kessel for the NHL goal-scoring …

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Penguins Playbook: Pens Still Adjusting To Defensive System

Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland

The Pittsburgh Penguins were fairly happy with the result of their three-game Western Canada road swing (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton).