|Or Joe Smith. Yeah, call me Joe Smith.|
And finally, we move on to Lokomotiv. Curtis Sanford had a good outing for a change Sunday in a 3-1 win over Neftekhimik. Artyom Anisimov led off the scoring with as pretty a shorthanded goal as you'll ever see in the first period, and that score held until the 4:40 mark of the third, when Staffon Kronwall put us up 2-0. Less than three minutes later, Neftekhimik (the "Petrochemists") cut it to 2-1, but Sergei Plotnikov scored with under five minutes to go to make it a 2-goal lead once again.
Tomorrow is the thundering showdown in Moscow between the two best records in the league- Lokomotiv (16-8-8) and Dynamo (18-6-7). Dynamo leads by three, and its being done on the back of Washington Cap's exile Alex Ovechkin. In the last 8 games (5-2-1), Ovechkin has had at least one point, including the hat trick against Donbass and a 2-goal game against Severstal. In those 8 games he has 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points- more than all but five Loko players (Anisimov, Kronwall, Plotnikov, Alex Kalushny, and Emil Galimov) have scored ALL SEASON. They have a 4 game unbeaten streak (3 regular win and an OT win), and they are 13-2-2 at home. If we win THIS one...