Semyon Varlamov trashes Corey Perry and Steve Downie

1-varlamov.jpgWhile we understand that keeping track of the IIHF World Championships is often an afterthought of hockey fans (and some players alike) it’s not short on drama and explosive words. After Russia took out Canada 5-2 in the quarterfinals, Russian and Washington Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov was asked about Canada’s tough tactics used against the team and in particular Alexander Ovechkin from Ducks forward Corey Perry.

“In general Team Canada played very roughly. When the score was 3-0 [Corey] Perry slashed Sasha [Ovechkin] from behind. That was really dirty. I’m sure that Perry did want to injure him.”

Yikes. As if that wasn’t damning enough, Varlamov elaborated further about questionable Team Canada selection Steve Downie.

“…But in Team Canada there are two players like that. Perry and [Steve] Downie. And the second one really confirms his surname. You know what I mean. He behaved shamefully.”

So, wait, just what did Varlamov mean about him living up to his surname? The Washington Examiner’s Dmitry Chesnokov clarified what he meant via Twitter.

Varlamov: “Perry and Downie played dirty. Downie’s last name is justified.” Varly hints that Downie has a Down syndrome. Ouch!

Aside from this being patently offensive, it’s not the first time Varlamov has said something that’s sure to rankle everyone’s feelings. Keep in mind, this is the same guy that last year said he doesn’t care for American women because they’re fat. I’m sure you’ve all been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the John Rocker of the NHL, I’m sure you all figured he would just be a Canadian or an American and not a Russian.

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    Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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    This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

    Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

    While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

    There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

    Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

    Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

    It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

    Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


    In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

    For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

    Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

    Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

    They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

    Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.