Behind Enemy Lines: Team Russia Set to Play Team Canada


Team Russia has settled-in behind enemy lines, arriving in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The team will play it’s final tune-up game Wednesday night against Team Canada. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM on ESPN2.

The team held a practice skate and worked out on Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Penguins facility in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Alex Ovechkin told CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir  “Yeah, it’s kind of weird,” Ovechkin cracked. “The guys joke around.” “I think Sid is sitting here,” he added, gesturing toward an empty locker between his stall and Evgeni Malkin’s. “They put me here next to his stall, so it’s kind of weird.” Some photos from the Russian camp:


The Russian troika made their way over to Penguin’s Evgeni Malkin’s home for dinner and poker on Monday night, and were kind enough to share a photo of the gathering. (It looks like Malkin is cleaning up in the poker game).

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More Team Russia photos from Wednesday can be found here:

As for Team Canada, Braden Holtby looks to get playing time tomorrow night against his Russian teammates. The team worked out at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.


Holtby was asked about giving up a goal to (NHL) teammate John Carlson, and Carlson’s fist pump that followed:

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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