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

Steve Dangle
October 29 2012 10:08PM

 

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.

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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 Big Perm
October 29 2012, 11:32PM
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Total props for the video highlights.

Better than TSN, impressive.

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#2 Jagrbaum
October 29 2012, 11:03PM
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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!

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#3 yawto
October 29 2012, 10:22PM
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I miss the oilers and the NHL but these asses better learn who pays the bills in the fist place. Plenty of good hockey in other places.

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#4 Randall Shermer
October 29 2012, 10:44PM
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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.

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#5 oilers2k10
October 29 2012, 10:45PM
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What a pass by Yakupov, surprised he only has three assists so far..almost every time I've seen him play he looks more like a playmaker than a sniper

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#8 Sanaa Montana
October 30 2012, 01:29AM
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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.

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#9 migz12
October 30 2012, 02:31AM
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Who puts those ads on bottom of screen? They should be shot I wanna SEE highlights not have to MOVE my device

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#10 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
October 30 2012, 06:23AM
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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 ;-)

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#12 Crondor
October 30 2012, 08:05AM
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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!

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#13 They're $hittie
October 30 2012, 08:21AM
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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.

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#14 C redd
October 30 2012, 08:38AM
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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!)

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#15 SmellOfVictory
October 30 2012, 09:32AM
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C redd wrote:

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!)

They are broadcasting a select few Saturday games (they've broadcast a Heat game already; it was glorious).

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#16 DSF
October 30 2012, 10:12AM
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4 games on Sportsnet in November:

Nov 3: Hamliton @ Rochester

Nov 10: OKC @ Abbotsford

Nov 17: Hamilton @ Marlies

Nov 24: Chicago @ Milwaukee

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#17 RexLibris
October 30 2012, 11:49AM
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I think its obvious that Kovalchuk is riding Thoresen's coattails in the KHL.

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#18 Manfly
October 30 2012, 11:58AM
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@DSF...wow, a whole 4!!

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#19 Andrey Osadchenko
October 30 2012, 12:35PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

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.

Hockey is #2 in Russia. Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the country.

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#20 Dawn
October 30 2012, 03:19PM
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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*

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#21 Wanyes bastard child
October 30 2012, 06:27PM
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There's no hockey.

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#23 Wanyes bastard child
October 30 2012, 08:26PM
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BAZINGA!

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