The man is simply in a zone. On Saturday, Ilya Kovalchuk and SKA St. Petersburg took care of business on the road on Saturday, winning 6-5 over Avtomobilist.
With his team trailing 2-0 in the first period, Kovalchuk added a helper on a power play goal by Viktor Tikhonov to cut the Avtomobilist lead to 2-1. Before the opening frame ended, SKA tied the game and then took the lead. With just under four minutes left in the period, Kovalchuk scored on an odd-man rush with Patrick Thoresen. Watch at about 1:02 as he simply pushes a defender off his back to free himself up for the score. His impressive goal tied the game.
In the second period, Kovalchuk helped to stretch the SKA lead to 4-2. Once again working on the power play, Kovalchuk played along the blue line and got the primary assist on another Tikhonov goal. SKA blew their two-goal lead however, allowing a pair of tallies from Avtomobilist in a span of 3:57. SKA would grab the game’s last goal with 12:53 to go in the game when Tony Martensson recorded his third goal of the season.
Kovalchuk now has five goals and nine assists on the season. He is tied for the 10th in the KHL with 14 points.
SKA St. Petersburg is back in action today against Metallurg Novokuznetsk. They feature Brent Sopel, most recently of the Montreal Canadiens.