Its Monday with Nail tonight, as Oiler fans get a chance to look at another elite level teenager (lordy). Nail Yakupov is 3, 1-2-3 so far in the series and the Russians are up 2-1 in games against the Q and O.
The Russians are a wonderful team, all speed and skill and passing and piss and vinegar. The Q and now the O are certainly a worthy opponent (fine Canadian hockey players grow on trees, I swear to God). The Russians who have caught my eye are Yakupov, Grigorenko, Shalunov, Zykov and those bloody goaltenders.
Russian hockey players have been delighting and frustrating me since this guy:
Nice to have one of them to cheer for after 40 years.