At least there is some interesting news in the world of the New Jersey Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk posted a goal and an assist for SKA St. Petersburg in a 3-2 shootout loss at home on Wednesday against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
His goal, his first of the season, came with 1:30 left in the first period, giving SKA a 2-1 lead. Check out the video below of the odd-man rush:
Kovalchuk would miss when he got his chance in the shootout later in the contest, a game that saw 30 shooters go. Nail Yakupov scored on SKA’s NHL goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to end the contest, earning the dramatic upset for Neftekhimik. Yakupov also scored ten minutes into the third period to tie the match at two apiece.
SKA is back in action on Saturday when they travel to HC Lev Praha. Notable NHL players on the HC Lev Praha roster include Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers, Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins. Also on the HC Lev Praha roster is former Devils forward Petr Vrana.
I actually got to watch some of the shootout today. It was refreshing to see some hockey, even if it was only a web stream on my computer. It also got me to reminisce a bit…no trapezoid for the goaltender! Maybe Martin Brodeur will head overseas to play hockey, if solely for that.