James O'Brien

Ovechkin’s frustrations continue as Finland edges Russia at worlds

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Another summer, another frustrating time for Alex Ovechkin.

Granted, he often finds success with Russia at the worlds after seemingly annual frustrations with the Washington Capitals, but then there are years like these.

Finland defeated Russia 3-1 on Saturday. With that, the Finns advance the gold medal game and will face the winner of the U.S. vs. Canada’s semifinal game that’s about to get underway.

Russia, meanwhile, will get the loser of that match to determine who wins the bronze medal.

It was a special moment for the Finns, with Sebastian Aho scoring two goals and Patrick Laine (a high-end prospect for this upcoming draft) enjoying memorable moments.

To many, this could be another sign that Russia’s struggling to support its big stars with proper systems/coaching/development:

Ouch.

Video: NHL shares first episode of Showtime’s playoff coverage

TAMPA, FL - MAY 18:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins slides in the Tampa Bay Lightning net after a play during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 18, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Have you ever watched an episode of the 24/7-style series of hockey documentaries – on HBO, Epix or otherwise – and thought, “How cool would it be if they did this for the playoffs.”

Well, the NHL is doing just that for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this case, it’s partnering with Showtime. The league shared the first episode of “ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup.” Enjoy it in the video below and feel free to get pumped for the remaining games, including Saturday’s Game 4 contest between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.

WATCH LIVE: Semifinals for Worlds – Finland vs. Russia; U.S. vs. Canada

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 19: Nick Foligno #71 of USA and Radim Simek #45 of Czech Republic battle for the puck  at Ice Palace on May 19, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues don’t represent the only great hockey option for fans on Saturday.

There are two semifinal matchups in the worlds today, including something that never gets old: the United States vs. Canada.

At the moment, you can stream Finland vs. Russia, featuring Alex Ovechkin.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Meanwhile, Canada vs. United States coverage is set to stream at 1:00 pm ET.

Here’s the link.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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San Jose built a 2-1 series edge over St. Louis in the Western Conference Final, blanking the Blues in an impressive display. Can St. Louis respond to the Sharks’ bites or will they find themselves in a dire situation? You can find out on the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

St. Louis at San Jose (7:15 p.m. ET)

The television broadcast of Game 4 will be on NBC. To stream the contest using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Enjoy these freshly grilled links:

Vladimir Tarasenko is learning “tough lessons” and is also a new dad.

Joe Thornton remarks that playing with Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl is “an easy job.”

– The Blues are turning to Jake Allen in net.

Logan Couture believes that the Sharks have been “under-appreciated all season.”

Just for Men: Vlad (The Dad) Tarasenko

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The 2016 Western Conference Final shows the sometimes-drastic gulf between the heavily bearded and the lightly bearded.

Brent Burns, Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks highlight the hairiest portion, while St. Louis Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko represents the other end of the spectrum.

(Bask in Burns’ bearded glory here.)

Tarasenko shows that facial hair isn’t the only measure of a man, as glorious as those Sharks look in their face-sweaters. Tarsenko has been an absolute beast at times during the 2016 postseason, and if that wasn’t enough, he even became a father.

We kind of need to call him “Vlad the Dad” from now on, don’t we?