KHL Highlights: Yakupov, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Backstrom, Kane, Hagman all put up points, and much more!

 

There was an insane amount of KHL hockey today. Like I’ve been editing for hours and hours. If anyone says there’s "no hockey" I’m going to have to punch them with my exhausted and carpal tunnel syndrome-stricken hands.

Enjoy!

It’s really weird watching Pekka Rinne play like crap, but here’s Pekka Rinne playing like crap. Evander Kane got his first KHL goal though so…yayyy Minsk.

Nail Yakupov gets a nice assist but Varlamov and Hagman down Neftekhimik.

Ovechkin didn’t play because he was sick, but Nicklas Backstrom and company beat Dinamo Riga.

Ilya Kovalchuk has to be considered the best player in the KHL right now. No question.

Vityaz storms back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Kuznetsov and Traktor 4-3 in the shootout.

And all that goodness wrapped into one, including a pretty crazy stat about Zdeno Chara. He is NOT having a good time in the KHL.

  • Big Perm

    These are great summaries and commentaries; its nice to see what’s going on in the K. Seems like quite a few players who aren’t probably missing the NHL too completely.

  • Jagrbaum

    This is really excellent work guys. I find your highlight packages are far more comprehensive and of better quality than what TSN posts on their website.

    Thank you for taking the time out and keep up the good work!

  • Since Ilya is the best player in the KHL, the by default Ilya is the best player in the world.

    Year long “lock-out” is the best thing for the Oilers and hockey as a sport/market in Europe.

    Thanks for the highlights.

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    Steve… Hockey is my drug. You are my hook-up for my daily fix.* Keep up the great work, good sir.

    * I guess that makes you my dealer 😉

  • Crondor

    I’d also like to say thanks to you guys for putting these packages together. Way better than TSN! That call on the Kovalchuk goal was just great, “…have you seen this guy lately? HEEEEELLLLLLLOOOOO??????” LOL that was awesome!

  • 24% body fat

    Ok, anyone else think the KHL is going to be serious competition for the NHL going forward. Not sure how many of these players will be back

    Lets be realistic, the US has more money than Eastern Europe. The big difference is in Russia hockey is number one, (not sure how soccer compares). Russia has many more large cities than Canada and can self sustain their own league by themselves if need be.

    While I am on the NHL side in the lockout and believe that the league needs to cut expenses (biggest is player salaries) the league must also find a balance. If player salaries get to low, where is the tipping point that NHL players start making less than in the khl. When do North American players stop taking home discounts and go across the pond for more money?

    The NHL has a lot of problems ahead of it. And Yes more Canadian teams are needed. But with out large American Cities, and their tv revenues the NHL will only reach a glass ceiling with highly penetrated canadian markets. Eventually the larger Russian Market will grow larger than the Canadian one and talent will look else where to go. And the debate will be which is the best league in the world.

  • You are Heisenberg. Good job with all the highlights. At least we got khl highlights and ahl online streams to keep us somewhat entertained. I wonder when sportsnet is gonna get their stuff together and start broadcasting ahl games. (Preferably in hd!)

  • Dawn

    Hard to imagine there’s people that would rather watch soccer. *shakes head* For me, has all the entertainment value of televised golf. Regardless, love your highlight packages. Much better quality than the streamed games I’ve managed to watch. Still I wish they’d end this lockout madness. What if Yakupov is having so much fun that he decides he doesn’t want to come back? *shudders*