Ovie and Geno Help NHL Celebrate Return of the Russian Stars Month

Ovechkin celebrates at MSG

Photo: (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

“Sorry Henrik, my Free Hugs offer only applies to teammates.”

Glad to see you last night in Madison Square Garden, Alexander Ovechkin. "It's always nice when you get hurt and you come back and you score in the first period on your first shot," you say. We’re just going to nod and pretend to know exactly how it feels to miss six games this early in the season and still lead the league with 15 goals.

We noticed you there too this weekend, Evgeni Malkin. Just activated from an eight-game leave and got yourself three assists in the 6-5 overtime win? Way to help snap the Pens’ four-game losing streak. You and Ovie just gave Commissioner Bettman an early holiday gift we can all enjoy.