Nicky celebrates his hat trick. (Photo credit:

Fresh off their week-long break for national team competition, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstsrom, and the rest of Dynamo Moscow crew returned to action Wednesday against infamous Vityaz Chekhov. It was worth the wait. Backstrom, who finally switched his number during the Karjala Cup break, went APE NUTS in his new 69 jersey, registering his first career KHL hat trick and scoring the game’s decisive goal – an overtime game-winner.

While Backstrom was dominant, registering six shots during 22:04 of ice time, his BFF Ovi was no slouch either, assisting on one of Nicky’s goals and firing nine shots on net in 27:05 of game action.

Now let’s see these goals.

Backstrom’s goals can be seen at the 0:34, 3:00, and 5:00 marks.

In the middle of the first period, Backstrom began his reign of terror, tying the game at one with some nifty passing from teammates Alex Ovechkin and Richard Gynge. Former Capital and Hershey Bears defenseman Brian “Mr. Excitement” Fahey put Vityaz back on top, scoring on the power play with a two-man advantage. Five minutes into the second period, Anton Korolev made the score 3-1. Vityaz took a two-goal lead into the second intermission.

But Dynamo was ready to fight. Two minutes after the break, Nicky scored his second of the night. Then with less than six minutes to go, Konstantin Volkov tied the game up for the Muscovites. The overtime session was scoreless for four and a half minutes until Nick sealed the win for the visitors with a wraparound tally, making it three goals on the night and four during his six-game-long KHL campaign.

The stud in the 69 jersey.

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  • A Fine Messi

    in related news, AlexanderSemin picked up his 4th minor penalty in 3 games for Sokol Krasnoyarsk.

  • Ambrose

    Dude, quit being such a negative scumbag and go give your two cents to Pierre McGuire. Maybe he’ll give a damn. I’m sick and tired of this shit.

  • Ambrose

    And as an update to you. Semin doesn’t play with Sokol, he’s with Torpedo, in the KHL. He’s got 2 G, 4 A, (6pts) in 6 games with only 2 PIM.

  • Rick

    Kinda disappointed Ovy only snagged 1 helper, not the type of season against inferior competition I was expecting for him.

  • Is it just me or does the KHL really just appear to be a pick up Men’s league for the NHL Star… like I played Travel hockey growing up and in the summers played in the for fun leagues .. to me KHL is the NHLs fun side league.

  • Should have gotten a second helper for the OTGWG as well. Regardless, don’t think I’d classify 15 points in 15 games (6g 9a) as “disappointing.” I just can’t believe Dynamo played Ovi for over 27 min. in his first game from having the flu.

  • Fedor

    Re: Ovi assist: KHL regularly (once in one or two weeks) submits updates to their box scores if there’s a mistake and I believe it will be the case here.

    Re: TOI: I think the only reason why he played that much is because they were down through most of the game. Coach Znarok is known for giving all lines pretty much equal TOI. This game was an exception. If you look, Malkin and Kovy usually play more than AO. Ovi is 29th among KHL forwards in TOI/GP and I’m sure he was out of top-30 until last night.

  • serpent

    Oh, for the love of pete! Our Nicky had a hat trick and you guys can natter on about is Ovi and Sasha?!! Sheesh!! Yeah for Nick!!

  • Yeah, no kidding. I guess we’ve arrived at the home of Russian obsession. But good for the blog for giving Nick a guest spot.

    Anyway, beautiful goals, Nick! Keep up the great work.

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