Ovechkin scores, but Kovalchuk’s team wins


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.