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The Rangers’ Russians A to Z: Big A Has Career Year, Nicky Z Stuck at 99

Published by on April 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Three Russians have been getting a lot of attention during the first round NHL playoff series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. The Rangers have Nik Antropov, from Kazakhstan, and Nik Zherdev, from Kiev, while the Capitals have Alexander Ovechkin from Moscow.

Ovechkin is the prime-time attraction, the superstar for the Capitals. Antropov has been a huge hit in New York since joining the team at the NHL Trade Deadline after playing in Toronto with the Maple Leafs for years alongside Mats Sundin. Zherdev, No. 13 for the Rangers, needs one goal to hit the 100 mark.

Ovechkin scored more goals than anyone in the NHL this season, but has not yet scored in the playoffs this year. Antropov got a goal in...

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