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Ovechkin after loss: "We Tried, and Did Everything We Could"


Alex Ovechkin told the Russian press following the defeat by the Canadians "We did everything we could."

Who Makes Whom Good in Washington?


Nicklas Backstrom's former coach Leif Boork reveals in an interview with the Swedish press that he always knew Nicky was destined for great things. And may be the power behind the throne in D.C.?

Vancouver: Varlamov Critiques the Food, Semin Goes for a Joyride


In an interview with Sport-Express, Semyon Varlamov critiques the food in the Olympic Village, while Alexander Semin takes a little joyride in an unattended golf cart.

Photo Source: Sovetsky Sport "Why does God take the best?" Said Alex Ovechkin on learning of the...


Photo Source: Sovetsky Sport "Why does God take the best?" Said Alex Ovechkin on learning of the passing of "Uncle Borya" Boris Kharlamov, father of Valeri Kharlamov, who passed away on January 27 at the age of 83. "I knew Uncle Borya and had great respect for him. He and my father often sat together at hockey games. He was a first class guy, a man of the world, and honest! To this day I still hold in my memory the episode when I was presented the Kharlamov trophy.... At that ceremony, Uncle Borya wept on my chest. Who would have thought that I'll never be able to see him again..."

Semin is a Panther! Says Ovechkin's Dad


Pavel Lysenkov at Sovetsky Sport has a monumental interview with Alexander Semin in todays edition. Here is our translation of that interview.

Alexander Semin: "In Principle, I Could Even Do More"


Alexander Semin spoke with the Russian press after his 4-point night in a Caps victory over Phoenix. He thinks he might even be able to do better.

Alex Ovechkin Compares (but mostly contrasts) Vancouver and Turin Olympics


Alex Ovechkin compares (but mostly contrasts) his 2006 Turin Olympic experiences with the Vancouver Olympics.

Ovechkin is a Soldier, Semin Wants to Play Against Backstrom, and Malkin Has a Hankering for Some Borscht and Goals


Ovechkin, Semin and Malkin talk with Sovetsky Sport following the Caps victory and share their thoughts on the game and the upcoming Olympics.

Quo Vadis, Varlamov?


Will Varlamov play in the Olympics? Latest statements from Bykov, Tretiak, and Varlamov himself on his chances.

Bobby Clarke:"Every Canadian Dreams of Playing Like Ovechkin"


Hockey Hall-of-Famer and ex Broad Street Bully Bobby Clarke gives his assessment of Alex Ovechkin.

Help Varlamov Design His Olympic Mask!


Sovetsky Sport is asking readers to submit ideas for a design for Semyon Varlamov's Olympic Mask. Make your suggestions here and we will get them on the SovSport website.

Semyon Varlamov:"If I'm Not Healed by the Olympics, I'll Hang Myself"


Varlamov talks about is recent bad luck with injuries and his Olympic hopes.

Alexander Semin: "Maybe We're Losing Because a Captain Hasn't Been Named?"


In a recent Russian-language interview with Sport-Express, Alexander Semin joked that maybe the Capitals were losing because a captain hadn't been named. Hmmmmm.

Arturs Irbe: "They Need to Take A Young Guy for the Number 3 Spot in Vancouver"


Arturs Irbe on goaltending prospects for Vancouver.

Alexander Semin: "We Didn't Change Anything During Ovy's Absence"


Alexander Semin: "We Didn't Change Anything During Ovy's Absence"

Ovechkin:"I Sit in the Back, That's Where the Beer Is"


Alex Ovechkin: "I Sit in the Back, That's Where the Beer Is"

Mama Ovechkin: "Gleason Needs to Get Himself a Pair of Glasses"


Mama Ovechkin: "Gleason Needs to Get Himself a Pair of Glasses"

"Ovechkin, Malkin and Kovalchuk Will Surpass Me"

"Ovechkin, Malkin and Kovalchuk Will Surpass Me" Sergei Fedorov, in an interview yesterday following his record-breaking achievement of 1,500 career points. He now has the most points of any Russian player, surpassing Sergei Makarov (1,372), Igor Larionov (1,284), and Alexander Mogilny (1,199). As of yesterday, Ovechkin was 16th among all Russians, with 601 points.

Alex Ovechkin: 'Those Two Weeks Lasted an Eternity'


Alex Ovechkin: "Those Two Weeks Lasted an Eternity"

Sergei Fedorov Named as Ambassador to 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

Sure it is still four years away, but it appears another shot has been fired across the bow of the NHL as concerns the Sochi Olympics. Is it just coincidence that the newly named ambassador is beloved friend and former teammate of not only the most popular hockey player on earth but also the most vocal critic of a ban on NHL player participation in Sochi? h/t Sovietsky Sport Moscow- 1 November- RIA Novosti. Well-known Russian hockey player, 3-time World Champion and 3-time Stanley Cup winner Sergei Fedorov has been named as the next ambassador to the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi. At a press conference on Sunday, ‘Sochi-2014’ organizational committee member Igor Stolyarov presented Fedorov with his credentials as ambassador to the games. ‘A great many sportsman have been previous ambassadors—Alexander Ovechkin, figure skaters Oksana Domina and Maksim Shabalin, bobsledder Alexander Zubkov and others. Sergei personifies not only the skills of a Sportsman with a capital ‘S’, but Olympic values as well. It means a great deal that he is still playing, and his North American experience helps his ambassadorial status. It is a great honor for me to name him as ambassador to the games’, said Stolyarov at a press-conference announcing the start of the online game ‘Sochi-Vancouver Rally Raid’.

Alexander Ovechkin: 'I'm a Hit‑and‑Run Player'


Translation of a Russian-language interview with Alexander Ovechkin: 'I'm a Hit-and-Run Player'

Glen Hanlon and his entire coaching staff dismissed from Dynamo Minsk


"According to the Belarus News Agency BELTA, after being trounced 1:4 at home today by Amur Khabarovsk, chairman of the Belarus Hockey Federation Vladimir Naumov announced the dismissal of Dynamo Minsk head coach Glen Hanlon, along with his entire coaching staff. "…You all saw the game today. I am convinced that with the roster of players which we now have on Dynamo, the team should not be playing like this. So today I announced the dismissal of the entire coaching staff headed by Glen Hanlon" said Naumov. "He asked to resign four games ago, but I had no doubts about him as a highly qualified coach and I did not accept his resignation. Today I expected that Glen would come to the press conference and explain his situation, but since he is not here I had to announce the dismissal myself." Naumov went on to say that just 20 minutes before the press conference he talked with "Gomel" head coach Alexander Andrievsky and offered him command of the team." h/t Dmitry Chesnokov

Madeleine Albright: "Alex Ovechkin is the Most Popular Person in Washington"


Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was a keynote participant yesterday at the "Young Entrepreneurs International Business Forum" in Omsk, Russia. In an interview with the Russian press, Albright noted that "You know, right now in the capital city of Washington, the most popular person is your hockey player, Alexander Ovechkin, while in Omsk, it's Jaromir Jagr, who once played for our team, the Washington Capitals". She went on to mention that her granddaughter was a cheerleader for a hockey team and she was "for sure" taking her an Avangard Omsk jersey as a souvenir.

Semyon Varlamov: "I Missed the NHL Terribly"


Translation of a Russian-language interview with Semyon Varlamov

KHL To Motzko: "Your Services Are No Longer Needed"


According to an article in Sport-Express (and confirmed on HC MVD website): "The management of HC MVD has decided to part ways with 29 year-old American forward Joe Motzko, who spent the last two years in the Atlanta system and in mid-July signed a one-year contract with the team from Balashikha. During pre-season training, the performance of the legionnaire (foreign player-TH) (whose service record includes a Stanley Cup victory in 2007 while with Anaheim) did not satisfy the coaching staff of HC MVD, and currently the parties are in the process of dissolution of the contract."

Alex Ovechkin at the premier of his Reebok "A8" clothing line in Moscow. As part of the ceremony he...


Alex Ovechkin at the premier of his Reebok "A8" clothing line in Moscow. As part of the ceremony he held a "master class" for the members of the pop groups "Reflex" and "Tootsie". (h/t Caps Message Boards)

Semyon Varlamov: "I Don't Have Time for a Personal Life"


Translation of a Russian language interview with Semyon Varlamov

(00:17) "This is a great step forward for kids. Here you have Americans, Czechs, Canadians playing....


(00:17) "This is a great step forward for kids. Here you have Americans, Czechs, Canadians playing. Kids came from all over Russia to play, and they can see each other, and I think this can only be a good thing." --Alex Ovechkin at the "Tretyak Cup"- an international junior hockey tournament (for those born in '95, '96 and '98) recently held in Moscow. Alex was invited to hand out the awards. According to Sport-Express, the '95 level was won by the USA Nike Bauer Selects. CSKA junior school won the other levels. (h/t to reader Emily for the find.)

Want to join the Caps in helping to beautify the city?


Capitals Participate in D.C. Public Schools Beautification Day

Sorry, Ladies - Varlamov Has the Love of His Life


Translation of a Russian-language interview with Simeon Varlamov

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