Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Karl Alzner, Metalhead?

The Summit Series between the youths of the Soviet Union Russia and Canada began yesterday, and the Capitals' 2007 top pick Karl Alzner was named the player of the game for Canada as the Canucks won 4-2. Alzner picked up the honor despite not even showing up on the score sheet, which should speak volumes about his defensive play. Alzner's reward for being named player of the game? He was given a ceremonial hat by the Russians that would make just about any youngster beam with joy.

In other Caps news, former first round pick Semen Varlamov didn't play too well for team Russia, claiming at one point "I shouldn't have let in so many. Three out of four goals are on me. And the first one turned everything upside down! How did I not stop that one? The shot came from a sharp angle, and the puck squeezed between my pads." The fact that Varlamov let in so many goals through his 5-hole reminds me of a past Capitals' goaltender.

Game 2 in the 8 game series will be Wednesday (tomorrow) at 9 am eastern from the brand new stadium in Ufa, Russia.

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