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Ovechkin scores, but Kovalchuk’s team wins

Russia v Czech Republic - 2010 IIHF World Championship

during the IIHF World Championship gold medal match between Russia and Czech Republic at Lanxess Arena on May 23, 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Lars Baron

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.