“I deed it!! I finally score!!” (Photo credit: Dynamo Moscow)
Thursday night at Small Sports Arena in Luzhniki, Moscow, Alex Ovechkin returned to the Russian team that put him on the world’s stage as a teenager. And his performance did not disappoint.
In Moscow Dynamo’s 7-2 win over Dinamo Minsk, Ovechkin had seven shots, two big hits, and recorded his first ever KHL point, a powerplay assist, in 17:38 of ice time.
Highlights of the game are below the jump.
Ovechkin’s assist comes at the 9:06 mark. He also has a big hit at 9:20.
The defending champions’ new six-million dollar man started the game and was put on the first line with Mikhail Anisin (first video down) and Konstantin Gorovikov. After rifling two shots on net in the first period, Ovechkin was interviewed by Russia-2’s sideline reporter during intermission. When the reporter pointed out that the fans seemed to have trouble believing he was actually playing in Moscow again, Ovechkin beamed,”they’ll have to. I’m here.”
When Ovechkin came out for the second stanza, he seemed to settle down a bit. During an early period power play, Ovechkin set a screen in front of the net to allow Filip Novak to score. Later in the period, Ovechkin showed off his strength, casually laying out Libor Pivko at center ice to force a turnover.
In the third period, the great thirty-two finally got on the score-sheet. After spending most of the game set-up in front of the net on the power play, Dynamo head coach Oleg Znarok moved Ovechkin at the point. It immediately paid dividends. After Ovi fired a shot near the blue line, Dynamo’s Alexei Tsvetkov potted the rebound. The goal put Dynamo up 6-2. The white and blue would add one more in the final minutes to defeat Minsk 7-2.
Sunday, Dynamo will take the ice again and play SKA St. Petersburg. Ovi’s good friend, Ilya Kovalchuk, will suit up and his KHL debut for SKA that day.
Notes: Ovechkin led all Dynamo forwards in TOI (17:38) and was fourth among all Dynamo skaters. Ovechkin’s Dynamo jersey was sold at concession stands for $370.
Photo credit: Pavel Lysenkov