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Capitals-Penguins: From Russia With Gloves

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

I'm not a Flyers fan, so I won't complain endlessly about the poor job the officials did in this game.  I won't talk about Matt Cooke getting tripped and being unable to cover Ovechkin on the powerplay.  I won't talk about the soft penalties (both ways) or the tripping call against Kris Letang, when he clearly got to the puck well before taking out the man.

The difference in this game was the play of the Russians.  For the Capitals, it was the unbelievable play of Simeon Varlamov and the scoring power of Alexander Ovechkin.

The Sid vs. Ovie matchup was even tonight in goals, as both players recorded hat tricks. Although Dave Steckel's tally was the only secondary scoring of the game, it was Ovechkin's ...

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