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from Max Bultman and Sara Civian of The Athletic,

Early in the 2019-20 season, mere days before the brothers seemed destined to square off for the first time, Evgeny answered a set of 11 questions about his brother for The Athletic. This week, Andrei answered the same 11 about Evgeny.

Their responses are a window into their two personalities, their childhood and why the chance to face each other in the NHL would mean so much to them both.

What’s his best hockey skill?

Evgeny: I would say that his separating with other players is probably skating, but I think also hockey IQ, he’s really smart and he knows how to play in give-and-go and little areas, and cycle the puck, and skill game, but also he has a weapon as a shot and his speed … he takes pucks to the net with his ability to skate, and just … cut to the net. It’s unreal. But also huge competitor, wants to win every single day, wants to be better every day. Crazy, crazy work (ethic). I can go on, but skating can separate him with other players.

Andrei: I think he’s got a really good shot, and he can control the puck all game. He can play physical. I feel like we’re kind of similar players, actually.

What’s his best quality as a person?

Evgeny: Humble. Humble, shyness, respectful. There’s not just one word. But one thing (that) comes in my head, humble and respect(ful), of anything: parents, people around, polite. Just a good kid, man. He’s just a good kid.

Andrei: I feel like he’s just a kind person — he’s always going to care about you, he’s always going to ask you if something’s wrong. He’s a culture guy. But obviously he gets a little emotional sometimes (laughter) … He’s gotta work on that a little bit, probably.

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – If the 1,000th game in IceHogs history will be remembered by Rockford fans it’ll be for the wrong reasons, as the Grand Rapids Griffins rode five unanswered goals and a six-goal second period to a 9-4 win on Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Max Humitz, Riley Barber and Tyler Spezia each had two goals to pace a Griffins attack that threatened several franchise records and saw 13 players record points.

After Brandon Pirri gave the IceHogs the early lead with a power play goal 4:37 into the game, Humitz was originally credited with the tying goal at 8:15. It was soon changed to Dominik Shine on a deflection, but Humitz got one that counted from the slot 38 seconds later for his first goal as a pro and a 2-1 Griffins lead. Patrick Curry also netted his first pro goal from the bottom of the right circle during a power play at 16:40 to give Grand Rapids a two-goal cushion at intermission.

Humitz added his second tally of the night 48 seconds into the middle period on a breakaway after being sprung from the penalty box, before Spezia connected for his first marker at 2:07. Grand Rapids’ five-goal run was snapped by Pirri’s second at 3:39, pulling Rockford within 5-2, but the respite was short-lived for the hosts as the Griffins piled on four more goals before the period expired.

A power play goal by Barber at 6:54 extended his point streak to eight games, then a snipe by Turner Elson at 8:18 chased Rockford starter Collin Delia and ushered in Tom Aubrun for his AHL debut. Barber welcomed the rookie by notching his second goal less than two minutes later, before Spezia scored the Griffins’ ninth goal with 27:33 still remaining in the contest to mark the second two-goal game of his AHL career. Defenseman Donovan Sebrango earned his first pro point with an assist on that goal.

After racking up shot advantages of 22-11 in the first period and 21-4 in the second, the Griffins called off the dogs in the third, as each team registered six shots. Rockford made two of theirs count, as Lucas Carlsson scored 19 seconds in to make it three goals on the night for the two IceHogs who were assigned by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier today. Chris Wilkie beat Kevin Boyle at 7:07 to cut the final margin to five.

• The Griffins’ last nine-goal outing was a 9-1 win at Rockford on Feb. 5, 2016. They came within two goals matching of their team record, set in an 11-6 victory at – you guessed it – Rockford on Jan. 19, 2013.
• With his third straight two-point game, Barber moved into a tie with Toronto’s Tyler Gaudet for the AHL scoring lead with 12 points (7-5—12).
• Humitz’s three points matched the Griffins’ season-high set by Taro Hirose on Sunday in Chicago. Strangely, Hirose, Dennis Cholowski and Kyle Criscuolo – three of the Griffins’ top four scorers on the season – were among the five Grand Rapids skaters who did not find the scoresheet tonight.
• The Griffins’ six season-period goals fell one short of their franchise record for a period, set on Nov. 27, 2010 during the second period of a 10-8 win at Chicago.
• Despite approaching their franchise record for shots in a road period (23) during each of the first two stanzas, the Griffins finished the game with 49 shots, two shy of their record for a road game (51).
• The victory marked the 999th regular season win in Griffins franchise history (999-686-27-61-116, 0.583).


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/04/21 at 09:22 AM ET


Both Svechnikov brothers are awfully easy to cheer for.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/04/21 at 09:27 AM ET

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• With his third straight two-point game, Barber moved into a tie with Toronto’s Tyler Gaudet for the AHL scoring lead with 12 points (7-5—12).

It would seem DET’s M.O. that Riley Barber gets called up in the near future then over Hirose or, well, any other forward.  He has all of 12 games of NHL experience so far.

I don’t know that he can help the NHL roster though.  A guy like Hirose probably can, now and in the future.

Posted by Primis on 03/04/21 at 12:48 PM ET

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Brome and Svechnikov have been recalled from the taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/04/21 at 01:02 PM ET

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Brome and Svechnikov have been recalled from the taxi squad.


Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 03/04/21 at 03:45 PM ET

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via Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

It should be a big night for the brothers Svechnikov.

And just another night for the Staal brothers.

Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes will finally see his older brother, Evgeny, on an opposing hockey team as the Canes host the Red Wings. That would be a first and both are amped-up about it—and having their parents watching in Russia.

“I talked to them all day yesterday,” Andrei Svechnikov said Thursday morning. “I’m very proud of my parents because of the way they raised me and my brother. They should be excited.”

The Canes’ Jordan Staal has experience in facing off against his brothers—Marc, a defenseman with the Wings, and Buffalo Sabres center Eric Staal, the former Canes captain. There have been many battles through the years.

“He’s kind of gotten used to it, because they’ve been in the league for so long,” Svechnikov said. “But it’s always exciting, especially when you play for the first time. I think it’s a special day for us.”

Evgeny Svechnikov has gotten a chance to play the past three games, scoring twice. The Wings (7-15-3) were beaten 4-1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game and coach Jeff Bashill on Wednesday would not confirm his lineup for the Canes, leaving Svechnikov’s playing status somewhat in doubt.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/04/21 at 03:53 PM ET

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Too bad Evgeny’s ugly jersey wrecked their picture together!

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 03/04/21 at 08:02 PM ET

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