Hockey star Pavel Datsyuk has started a new chapter in his career after switching to the KHL during the NHL lockout. In his debut game the center forward helped his new side CSKA Moscow get a narrow win over Avangard on Monday night.
One of the best two-way centers in the world, Datsyuk says he is delighted to play back in Russia and especially for a team with so much history.
In his first game for CSKA he didn't get as much ice-time as he is used to in the NHL, though he did show some of his trademark skill and worked tirelessly for the team.
And he did show some of the Datsyuk-like tricks on the night. In the second period of the game he entertained the home crowd scoring with his head, but the goal was ruled out.
In the end it didn't matter, as CSKA hung on for a 1-0 win against Avangard Omsk courtesy of the Radulov family efforts – Aleksandr assisted his brother Igor who made no mistake firing home from close range.
After the game Datsyuk said it was hard for him to get into the game early on, because he had had a long break, but there is no doubt he will get better as the season progresses.