The sky is blue. Water is wet. Ilya Kovalchuk dominates a hockey game. These are known commodities. Kovalchuk posted a pair of assists in a 7-3 triumph over Amur Khabarovsk on Wednesday.
The Russian made a great cross-ice pass on the power play to Patrick Thoresen who buried it for a 3-1 SKA advantage midway through the first period. He help to put the game away early in the third when he crept behind the net and made a sweet pass in front to Igor Makarov who buried it, making the SKA lead 6-3 just moments into the third period.
Kovalchuk now leads the team with 17 points, good enough for sixth in the KHL. His 12 assists rank third in the league. On Wednesday, he logged 19:34 of ice time while taking 20 shifts and put six shots on goal.
Former New York Rangers great Petr Prucha had a pair of goals for SKA. Long-time Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitri Kalinin added an assist as well.
SKA St. Petersburg is back in action on Thursday when they take on Sibir Novosibirsk.