EuroVision: Yakupov hero of 30-shot shootout

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

Benched Tuesday, Nail Yakupov could not have made more of an impact in the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk lineup Wednesday, as he faced netminder Sergei Bobrovsky of SKA St. Petersburg.

Not only did Yakupov score both of Neftekhimik’s goals to knot the game at two after regulation, the Edmonton Oilers draft pick went three-for-four in an insane shootout that needed 30 shots to decide a winner. Yakupov’s third shootout marker proved to be the game-winner. What’s Russian for “wow”?

I beg of you: Click on this shootout box score.

Then watch the game’s entire highlight package:

Though SKA lost the game, captain Ilya Kovalchuk also scored his first KHL goal, courtesy of a nifty assist from Viktor Tikhonov:

And St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko scored his fourth goal in just three KHL contests (Kovalchuk with a helper):

The team Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov joined is essentially Russia’s version of the Charleston Chiefs – with smoother skating and 100% more potato-based booze.

Vityaz Chekhov is the KHL’s goon squad, known for a tough, physical brand of play. The Moscow-based club, which has never had a winning campaign, won 16 of its 54 games played last season. Last season they easily led the KHL in penalty minutes, averaging 32:37 per game. Yikes.

“I’m ready to be a tough-guy! If Vityaz needs it. But I don’t remember when had a fight last time,” Markov told Sovietsky Sport.

The KHL was supposed to debut on ESPN3 Wednesday, but due to “miscommunication,” Dmitry Chesnokov reports, games will start live-streaming this weekend instead.

Cup champ Anze Kopitar continues to wreak havoc on the poor second-tier Swedes, though his Mora team lost 5-3:

On the injury front, Florida Panthers winger Sean Bergenheim suffered a lower-body injury after just two games with HIFK, reports Matias Strozyk. The Finnish-born player is returning to North America.

New York Rangers acquisition Rick Nash already missed Tuesday’s game against the Zurich Lions due to his shoulder injury and is expected to sit out another game or two for precautionary reasons. Nash suffered a bone bruise last week when Lugano defenceman Ilkka Heikkinen nailed him into the boards.

Get excited, Washington Capitals fans:

And this sweet fan photo of Tyler Seguin in his new setting should put to rest any doubt that NHL stars stand out over there:

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