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This is Alyonka Larionov, shown with a certain Washington Capital you might be familiar with. Ms. Larionov, who once earned a "golden ticket" in American Idol, happened to be the co-star of a Penguin-produced web segment last week co-starring Evgeni Malkin and a batch of homemade pierogies that became quite the instant internet sensation. In fact, it made such an impact that Joe Starkey profiled Larionov recently for the Trib, taking a closer look at the young lady that calls former NHL star Igor Larionov "Dad".

The soon-to-be-22 year-old, who moved to Pittsburgh to attend The Art Institute and major in fashion retail management, joined Penguins TV in December. The "Cooking with Geno" piece has over 58,000 views and counting just a few days after the release, and has created quite the buzz around the net.

So now that Pittsburgh is getting to know Larionov in greater numbers, what's up with her and Ovechkin? Says Larionov:

"I've known him since I was a kid. He asked me to go to the Awards with a large group of friends. I didn't think people would make such a big deal of that. I also took pictures with (Red Wings forward Pavel) Datsyuk, and no one said anything about me and Datsyuk. I've known him my whole life, too."

Larionov goes on to add that she thinks the relationship between Ovechkin and Malkin is fine, and that she would like to arrange for the two stars to join her in another cooking segment, a proposition that Malkin found acceptable.

Could Alyonka Larionov and some webcasted cooking broker a long-term peace treaty between the sometimes-feuding stars? Well, that sounds like a possibility. But if peace between Russian hockey greats was the goal, we probably could've used her last year:

Larionov stars for Penguins [Trib]
Cooking with Geno [Mondesi's House]
Ovechkin parties, gets friendly with Igor Larionov's daughter [Puck Daddy]
Video: Evgeni Malkin and Alyonka Larionov heat up the kitchen [Puck Daddy]

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Chris said...

Never saw that fight video before. Look at the way the ref hugs Ovechkin!! Like Gary Bettman's very own secret service!

Stoeten said...

I've been trying to find pics of this girl online for weeks! Um... for my blog.

Broke But Still Drinking said...

Girls spotted with various athletes, in a short period of time, are not called "friends" where I come from.

RizzoSports said...

Ok, two questions

#1. Why not film this at Malkinstein's kitchen?

#2. Who calls Malkin near the end?

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

She certainly doesn't look to happy to be with Ovy in that picture. No smile and barely any physical contact.

RedHawks Hockey said...

Rizzo - #2 = genos GF

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