EuroVision: Datsyuk steals, scores KHL first

EuroVision: Highlights, notes, tweets and photos from across the pond – where the lockout doesn’t quite translate

It’s as if your favourite player’s favourite player was determined to make his first KHL goal a memorable one. After knocking in a rebound with his noggin last week and having his converted-corner-kick-style goal waived off, CSKA’s Pavel Datsyuk creates his own scoring opportunity versus Spartek by pick-pocketing the puck and burying it low-blocker, using the defender as a screen:

For good measure, Datsyuk banged in the OT game-winner with just 12 seconds left, leading his Moscow club to a 2-1 victory. The Detroit Red Wings star now has six points in five games overseas.

You can take the goalie outta Philadelphia…

Bryzgalov has played just one game for CSKA thus far, giving up four goals in a loss.

ESPN formally announced its KHL rollout Friday in a press release.

Coverage begins Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. Steve Levy and Barry Melrose will call the Lev vs. Dynamo Moscow game live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The remainder of the network’s six games in October will be live-streamed on ESPN3 only.

J.R. says what many North American hockey fans have thought about the KHL’s all-time leading scorer:

Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) might never want to go back to Canada. He scored his third goal of the young season, a game-winner over Sibir, after being set up by his new linemate, Evgeni Malkin (eight points in seven games).

Andrei Kostitsyn, late of the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators, is having a heck of a season for Traktor. Another two-goal night (below) gives him five goals in seven games:

“Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne says if the Ducks don’t play this season, his only other consideration will be the Finnish Elite League’s Jokerit, where Valtteri Filppula is succeeding.

A Vezina nominee last season, Pekka Rinne is still finding his game in the KHL. The Dynamo Minsk netminder suffered his second loss Thursday, giving up three goals, one of the particularly soft. Looks like Dynamo’s Rinne and Evander Kane will soon be joined by San Jose’s Joe Pavelski, who will reportedly fly to Russia Monday.

And the fine folks at the KHL have gone ahead and clipped Wednesday’s 30-shot shootout marathon. If you have 16 minutes of your life to watch Yakupov and Kovalchuk breakaways, here’s the longest shootout in KHL history: