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Ovechkin scores, but Kovalchuk’s team wins

Sep 23, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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If his threats of staying overseas are just threats, then Alex Ovechkin‘s KHL sojourn might help him regain his all-world scoring mojo.

The Washington Capitals star scored his first goal in his second game back overseas, but it’s another stat that should leave fans even more excited. Ovechkin hammered a staggering 11 shots on net in that contest, although his Dynamo Moscow team fell to Ilya Kovalchuk‘s SKA St. Petersburg 3-1.

Kovalchuk notched an assist in his season debut, playing 18:33 of ice time compared to Ovechkin, who logged almost 24 minutes.

If those numbers don’t hammer home a return to form, Ovechkin also turned some heads by throwing around his body in his first game on Thursday:

Quick question: how do you feel about Ovechkin wearing No. 32? Seems strangely fitting for a guy who occasionally clobbers people like an NFL strong safety.

Bonus bit from the contest: former Buffalo Sabres speedster Maxim Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal.

  1. soj83 - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    that’s what happens when you skate with your head down. Ovechkin should love playing against talent that would barely make the AHL

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Haha you must not watch alot of KHL of hockey.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        Who in North America does?

  2. capsfan19 - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    First of all… Where the hell can anyone in america watch these games?
    Two, nice so ovi goes to russia and “returns to form.” Nice…… Why you couldnt you do that here?

    • dipthatchip - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      seriously. great to see him throwing his weight around, but let’s not forget a little town named DC. if there’s a season, that butthorn better bring it. i’d like to see him a superstar again

    • gregnyr89 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      You can try this site:

  3. mpg44 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Was I supposed to care about this ? How about I will put as much of an effort into caring about them play over there as they are putting into the problem they helped cause here!!

  4. blomfeld - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    “Was I supposed to care about this ?” ..

    Exactly ! The fact is that anyone interested in watching the KHL, is also likely inclined to watch “Keeping up with the Kardashians Part 8” and “Anger Management, the Next Generation Part 12” ! Nonetheless, we should give these “unworldly & naive” punks a pass eh, given that they couldn’t tell you the difference between KGB and OMG. The bottom line is that everything Ovechkin and his “turncoat” pals do today, will only serve to make them look all the more foolish tomorrow ! “You go girl” big man Ovi ! … go score twelve hat tricks in your stupid “gangster league” who apart from criminals, no one really cares about !


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    • bloominoctober - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      *citation needed*

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I love the polite clapping after he nailed the last guy. Who knew the Russian fans were such sirs and madams?

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