Category Archives: Pavel Datsyuk

From Russia, Without Love

Today the roster for the Russian Olympic team  was released.  I scanned the list, and saw the usual suspects: Ovechkin.  Malkin.  Datsyuk.  Kovalchuk.  Markov.

But no Zubov. 

I checked again, but still no Zubov.  Why?

Does the Russian GM not recognize talent when he sees it?  Is he blind?  How could he leave the highest-scoring Russian defenseman ever off the team?

It broke my heart.  Zubie is so highly underappreciated, and I hate it.

I’ll still find it in my heart to root for Russia, since I love Ovechkin and Datsyuk, but not as much as if Zubie’d made the team.

Maybe come Olympic time, the Russians will regret their poor decision not to include the great Sergei Zubov…

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Cherish the Angry B-Rad

Because you may never see this side of Brad Richards again.  Ever.  I found it completely endearing, and I honestly went, “Aww, B-Rad!” during his tirade, in which I’m pretty sure he dropped a few f-bombs. 🙂  But I found it all very sweet.  I’m so proud of him!

And I really effing hate Todd Bertuzzi.  The fact that he scored two goals makes me sick to my stomach.  He’s such a dirty asshole that I was screaming at my TV.  B-Rad only took his penalty in retaliation for when Bertuzzo shoved him.  The call on B-Rad was an awful one, especially since Bertuzzi probably dove a little on that.

But whatevs.  WE WON THE GAME! In regulation, too!  And Karlis Skrastins, of all people, played sniper for two goals.  It was pretty much amazing.

It was a rather sloppy game on our goalie’s part, but who cares? WE WON.  My motto is this:  A win is a win, no matter how sloppy.

My Three Stars:

1. Brad Richards- I had to give it to him after that great tantrum he threw.  Plus, he had a really good game today.

2. Karlis Skrastins-  He had three points today, which is a huge total for him.  He played great.

3. Pavel Datsyuk- I’d give it to Bertuzzi, except he exhibited douch-baggy behavior at the end to B-Rad and I’ve never liked him.  I like Datsyuk, though.  He’s hilarious and he had a good game.

Next Up: Monday vs. San Jose.  See you there!

Go Stars!

Happy Birthday Jere Lehtinen

Today is Lehts’ birthday, so let’s talk about how awesome he is and how badly we want him back. 

As we all know, he’s a three-time Selke winner, and he could probably win again if it wasn’t for injuries and Datsyuks getting in his way.  You know, because Jere Lehtinen rocks like that.

Free agency starts in a week.  Will Lehts come back?  No one’s sure.  I think he will, because he, like the entire team, was probably pretty disappointed with the way the season went, so he’ll give it one more shot.  Besides, he might see our need for a right-hand shot, because he’s virtually the only one.

Finn vs. Finn.  Seriously, though. Lehts is our only Finn left.  He has to come back.

Finn vs. Finn. Seriously, though. Lehts is our only Finn left. He has to come back.

Anyway, Jere Lehtinen doesn’t share a birthday with these people, they share a birthday with him. 😉

John Tortorella

Marek Malik

Solange Knowles

…and a whole lot of people I’ve never heard of.

Grading the NHL Awards Fashion

I feel like being a critic, so I’m going to grade the guys’ fashion from the awards the other night.

First up, is Alex Ovechkin:

I like this one. :)

I like this one. 🙂

I love his tie.  I just like his entire outfit.  It’s an improvement from last year’s red tux thing.  I love that little smirk he’s got.  It makes him look even more studly than he already is.  I’m glad that he took home the Hart.  Is it just me, or did Geno look a litttle mad that Alex won the Hart?  I don’t know what that’s about, so whatevs.

 

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Ovechkin Wins the Hart

So Ovie’s keepin’ the Hart.  Can’t say I’m surprised.  I thought it was a great show.  I thought it was hilarious how that big-time Mike Modano-wannabe, Patrick Kane struggled to open the envelope.  Poor kid looked really flustered.  I also thought it was funny when Tim Thomas asked Manny Fernandez if he should thank his wife for him.   I loved when Ovechkin said that Malkin’s English is better than Pavel Datsyuk’s.  Classic.  Datsyuk was hilarious as usual.  I know I should hate Datsyuk for being a Wing, but I love the guy; he’s a total stud.  I think it’s because he’s Russian.

Anyway, here’s the list of winners:

Hart- Alex Ovechkin

Lester B. Pearson- Alex Ovechkin

Selke- Pavel Datsyuk

Lady Byng- Pavel Datsyuk

Norris- Zdeno Chara

Adams- Claude Julien

Calder- Steve Mason

Vezina- Tim Thomas

And I think that’s all the important ones.

I thought it was silly of Ovechkin to say that the Caps would win the Cup next year when the Stars are obviously going to be the 2010 champs. Wink, wink. 😉

NHL Awards Tonight

The big question tonight is whether the Hart Trophy will go to Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin, or Pavel Datsyuk.  All three are amazing players, so this’ll be a tough one to call.  I think that Ovie has the edge over Malkin and Datstuk, though.  The Hart is supposed to go to the player deemed most valuable to their team.  That’s where Ovechkin has the edge.

Is Malkin that much better than Sidney Crosby?

Would Detroit be a complete failure without Datsyuk?

The answer to both questions is, “No.”  Washington would not be as good a team without Ovechkin.  Bruce Boudreau is a great coach, but he wouldn’t be as good if he didn’t have Ovechkin.  He makes everyone around him better- his teammates and opponents. 

And, he might have won the Art Ross, but he missed a few games, and Malkin didn’t.  In those few games, Ovie probably would’ve had those four extra points to beat Malkin.  Alex Ovechkin is the best player, no question.

Besides, anyone who has the nerve to do a fire-stick celebration like Ovechkin did is awesome in my book. 🙂