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2006 IIHF Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy)
(02/15/2006-02/27/2006)
 
Tournament Articles
Evgeni Malkin: I cannot forgive myself for that match penalty against Lecavalier (03/07/2006)
Russia shut out again as Czechs win bronze (02/25/2006)
Finland blanks Russia in semifinals (02/24/2006)
Russia reaches semis with win over Canada (02/22/2006)
Russia beats US 5:4, U.S. Goes 1-3-1, Faces Unbeaten Finland (02/21/2006)
Kovalchuk leads Russia to 9-2 romp over Latvia (02/19/2006)
Big Red Machine rolls over Sweden 5-0 (02/16/2006)
Denis Kulyash: In Turin, I Will Probably Drown in My Emotions (Nashville Predators NHL) (02/06/2006)
Alexander Ovechkin: Don’t Worry, Russia! (Washington Capitals NHL) (02/02/2006)
Evgeni Malkin: The Main Thing is Not To Get Intimidated (Pittsburgh Penguins NHL) (02/01/2006)
Tournament News
02/26/2006 Russia shut out again as Czechs win bronze

Team Russia remained shut out in the medal round, losing to the Czech Republic 0:3. Evgeny Malkin made his return to the Russian roster, but Tomas Vokoun played very well and the Czech team earned the bronze medals. READ MORE
02/25/2006 Finland blanks Russia in semifinals

Finland beat Russia in a spirited semifinal by playing team hockey and very physical defense. The Russian squad was filled with injuries and absences, including Datsyuk's fractured finger and Malkin's suspension, but the contest was competitive and the loss was unfortunate. READ MORE
02/23/2006 Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals) called up to Team Russia

Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals) is called up from the reserves to replace the injured former San Jose forward Alexander Korolyuk in Team Russia's semifinals against Finland. Korolyuk was injured in the quarterfinals victory over Canada. Nepriayev has been one of the top centers in the Super League. He is known for his versatility and is capable of playing both at center and wing.
02/23/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) suspended for 1 game

The IIHF ruling body announced today that Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) has been suspended for the semifinals game against the Finns as a result of the incident that occurred at the end of Russia’s quarterfinals victory against the Canadians. At that time Malkin took down Canadian forward Vincent Lecavaille near Russia’s net and was assessed a match penalty (20+5PIM) for his actions.
02/22/2006 Russia reaches semis with win over Canada (Game Recap)

Team Russia beat the Canadian national team in an intense contested that remained scoreless going into the third period. Russia's goaltender Evgeny Nabokov was spectacular in net and Alexander Ovechkin gave Russia the lead, with Alexei Kovalev clinching the game in the final minutes. READ MORE
02/21/2006 Russia beats US 5:4, U.S. Goes 1-3-1, Faces Unbeaten Finland (Game Recap)

Team Russia beat Team USA today in a tight give and go game, where neither team held more than a two goal game and the game came down to the wire with Russia holding on to a one goal lead. Now, US will face Finland and Russia will face Canada in the quarterfinals of the medal round. READ MORE
02/19/2006 Kovalchuk leads Russia to 9-2 romp over Latvia (Game Recap and Box Score)
02/17/2006 Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) joining Team Russia

Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) will be making their Olympic debuts afterall. Taratukhin has already been called up to replace the injured Los Angeles Kings forward Alexander Frolov, who suffered a shoulder injury in the game against Kazakhstan. Denis Kulyash has not yet officially been called up from the reserves, but will likely replace Vitaly Vishnevski, who reportedly broke two ribs in the same contest. Still, the rib diagnosis has not yet been confirmed, so Kulyash’s debut on the national team is not yet assured. Vishnevski’s loss will be dear for Russia, as he brings a physical element to the blue line that Russian defensive corps often lack.
02/16/2006 Big Red Machine rolls over Sweden 5-0
02/13/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) moved to Olympic reserve
02/10/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): In Turin, I Will Probably Drown in My Emotions

Interview with Nashville Predators defensive prospect Denis Kulyash. The interview was conducted by Pavel Stryzhevsky from the Sport-Express Russian newspaper. During the interview the young hard shooting defenseman discusses his addition to the Russian national team that will skate in Turin, Italy at the 2006 Winter Olympics. READ MORE
02/05/2006 Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): Don’t Worry, Russia! (Sport Express Interview)
02/02/2006 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): The Main Thing is Not To Get Intimidated (Interview)

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Evgeny Malkin discusses Team Russia’s prospects at the upcoming 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He also touches upon his experience as the youngest member of the squad and how the team is dealing with the recent roster changes. The interview was conducted by Alexander Pokachuyev from the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper. READ MORE
02/01/2006 Kulyash (Nashville) and Korolyuk (San Jose) added to Olympic roster

Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Alexander Korolyuk (San Jose) have been added to Russia’s Olympic roster. Kulyash will replace his Dynamo teammate and former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dmitri Bykov, who was sidelined indefinitely after re-injuring his knee. Korolyuk will replace injured Alexei Zhamnov, who went down with a shoulder injury last month. Korolyuk has been one of the top forwards in Russia, while skating for struggling Vityaz (Podolsk). He was instrumental in raising his club out of the High League (Russia 2) into the Super League (Russia 1) last season. Kulyash padded his candidacy just a few days ago when the young defenseman lead Dynamo with his blistering slap shot to a victory over Ak Bars by scoring a hattrick in the waning minutes of the contest.
12/23/2005 Russian National Team announces Olympic reserves
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