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We brought you Pavel Datsyuk's wide-ranging interview with Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport on Tuesday, covering everything from Jesus Christ to mustaches.
Well, Pavel had an extra bit of conversation that we felt you might enjoy, as Datsyuk answered a few "either/or" questions about pop culture, hockey and mushrooms. Enjoy!
Q. Schwarzenegger or Stallone?
DATSYUK: “I have to go with Arnold… I had a posted of Schwarzenegger on the wall above my bed when I was young. But Terminator always scared me.”
Q. A penalty shot during the shootout, or during the game?
DATSYUK: “The latter. Because you don’t get a point added to your stats for scoring in the shootout. This year we almost don’t practice penalty shots, hence the results to cry about. Last year we had a great series of win at the Joe. This year there was another series, but of losses. We need to change…”
Q. Kobe Bryant or Lebron James?
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Pavel Datsyuk is scheduled to return to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers, having missed the last seven games with a concussion. Being that he was a nearly point per game player before that injury, it's a welcomed return.
In the meantime, Datsyuk sat down with Pavel Lysenkov of SovSporta few weeks ago for a wide-ranging Q&A. As usual, it's Datsyuk being as insightful and funny as we've come to expect.
Here's a translated version of that Russian interview:
Q. New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Anton Volchenkov told me one ‘Hockey in the NHL is like a war – you never know if you come back from a game in one piece.’
DATSYUK: “It is a rough comparison. But games here are like battles. Injuries happen every day. So Anton is somewhat right.”
Who were you thankful for during Thanksgiving?
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Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 3, straining his groin. He’s expected to miss around a month of action, which pushes his injury rehab right into the time when the Russian Olympic team’s roster will be announced.
When I spoke to him this weekend for Sovietsky Sport, he was resting at home and reading “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The Blue Jackets are eager to see if Bobrovsky will be back with a vengeance like Edmond Dantes.
Q. How are you nowadays?
BOBROVSKY: “I am trying to stay positive. Every athlete has injuries at some point of their careers.”
What happened on that play? There was no contact with the opposing player.
“Tampa’s player shot the puck to the top corner, and I was sliding in the opposite direction, I made a sudden move, caught the puck but felt right away that something bad had happened.”
Did you realize right away something bad happened?
“Immediately. I had never had anything like that before. It was my first ever groin injury.”
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None of the Russian NHL stars will become a flag bearer for their country in Sochi in a few months, the first time Russia will host the Winter Olympics in history.
(Come to think of it, there will be no NHL flag bearers for any country in Sochi.)
The speculation was that all – Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk - had great chances of becoming flag bearers.
“The opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games will take place on February 7 at 20:14 Moscow time,” Team Russia 2014 media project manager Andrei Mitkov told Sovetsky Sport.
“By that time only KHL players will be in Sochi. The Russian Olympic team has a scheduled friendly game against Team Latvia on February 8, and one against Team Switzerland on February 9. The charter flight with NHL players will arrive in the Olympic capital only on February 10.
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Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League presented their new “employees” recently: Ticket-sellers wearing nothing but lingerie, fishnet stockings and high heels.
Before you condemn (or celebrate) their new dress code, note that it was just a publicity stunt.
Here's what it looked like. Please note this video may be NSFW and that it features about four and a half minutes of the Benny Hill theme.
“This idea was born spontaneously,” Metallurg’s public relations specialist Anton Chaika told Sovetsky Sport. “We wanted to cheer the fans up before the upcoming home stand. We held auditions for night club dancers and three of them got offers to work in the ticket windows!”
He later added: “Hockey is a man’s sport. What man wouldn’t like to look at a beautiful woman?”
(Ed. Note: Gee, wonder why the Russian women’s national team has never medaled in the Olympics with that sterling, progressive attitude.)
This is not the first time the KHL or its teams have explored this side of marketing.
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Sergei Bobrovsky was visibly upset sitting in the locker room after the loss to the Washington Capitals, giving up an overtime goal to fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin. Just a few hours ago, during the morning skate, Bobrovsky discussed strategy with the coaching staff, drawing diagrams on a white board attached to the glass. The Blue Jackets are in the last place in the Metropolitan Division and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner is being really hard on himself for his play.
“This is a difficult time for us.” Bobrovsky told me after the game against Washington. “We are trying to adopt, to adjust to the Eastern Conference. We are getting used to playing teams a little different. But we are always working on getting better.
“It is still too early to say whether it is somehow easier to play in the Eastern Conference for us as a team. We haven’t played that many games, that’s why it is too early to draw conclusions.”
For Bobrovsky himself, the Vezina memories are well in the past.
“I am not thinking of the Vezina at all anymore,” he said. “Only in the summer did I get to enjoy it. But now the thoughts about it are gone.
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The weight on Team Russia’s shoulders heading into the Sochi Olympics cannot be underestimated. It also cannot be properly described. The country is hosting its first ever Winter Olympics, and hockey is the event Russia wants to win. But even on paper Team Russia is far from being the favorites.
The fiasco of Vancouver has forced the Russian Hockey Federation to make changes as to how the roster is selected and how players, especially those playing in the NHL, are scouted.
Vladislav Tretiak, the President of the Russian Hockey Federation is the first high level official to embark on a North American scouting trip. After visiting Montreal, Tretiak came to Washington to attend the Capitals’ game against the Blue Jackets. Tretiak spent the majority of the game watching from the Capitals owners’ suit.
I caught up with him during the game to ask a few questions:
Semyon Varlamov continues to get support back in Russia. This banner from a CSK/VVS Samara game – the team is from Varlamov's hometown – reads, “the truth is for Varlamov!”
Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, the alleged victim of domestic violence that led to the arrest of the Colorado Avalanche goalie, gave a Skype interview with Life News on Wednesday. Some highlights:
• She is very anxious, takes medication to calm down. Overall, she’s a little bit confused.
• Asked to show bruises and cuts: [turns to her attorney and his wife (who originally translated the Denver Post interview)] “My attorney tells me not to do it, because the police has all the pictures.”
• Why did this happen?
“He has a problem with alcohol. I’m not saying he drinks often, but when he has a day off, he drinks a lot. And when he drinks too much, he becomes aggressive and something goes wrong with his head.” [at 1:37]
The Kontinental Hockey League made news recently when it announced Jokerit from Finland would join its ranks beginning in the 2014-15 season.
It is the first franchise outside of the former eastern bloc to play in the KHL, and one that has produced many NHL players – including the legendary Teemu Selanne, who started his career there in 1988 before joining the Winnipeg Jets in 1992.
Selanne has announced this is his final season in the NHL, and is on a farewell tour with the Anaheim Ducks. But there are some whispers now that Teemu Selanne will finish his hockey career with Jokerit in the KHL next season.
SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov reports that a renowned Finnish hockey statistician Tomas Rachunas said, “We estimate that the probability of Teemu Selanne playing for Jokerit in the KHL at 20-30 percent.”
The victim of Semyon Varlamov’s alleged domestic violence, for he was arrested and charged withsecond-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault, is a model from Samara, Varlamov’s home town. Her name is Evgeniya Vavrinyuk.
“If a man raised his hand, he will do it again. And none of his persuasion and promises should dissuade women. Leave these men, and don’t feel sorry for them! Giving men a last chance means to sign yourself a conviction for a repeat.”