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NHL stars adjusting fast to KHL

Published time: November 19, 2012 16:53
Edited time: November 19, 2012 20:53

Alexander Ovechkin (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko)

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Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom keep Dynamo Moscow top of the KHL, while Evgeny Kuznetsov gives it hot to his opponents in Chelyabinsk. RT brings you the best of the week's action.

Last week, the KHL pundits finally hand-picked the best action from October. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the Goal of the Month for Traktor. The 20-year-old world champion beat three opponents to equalize against Atlant. Spartak's Denis Bodrov was awarded Tackle of the Month' for his challenge on SKA's Igor Makarov, while Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne pulled off the Best Double Save for current side Dynamo Minsk.

More stars from the NHL are plying their trade in the KHL as the lockout rumbles on in North America.

Alexander Ovechkin set up Washington Capitals and Dynamo Moscow team mate Nicklas Backstrom as the Swede leveled for the champions at Vityaz. Backstrom went on to post a hat-trick including the overtime winner, and on Sunday Ovechkin also struck in extra time as Dynamo won 3-2 in Minsk to stay top.

Match winner Ilya Kovalchuk said it was a 'disaster' the way SKA played in the opening two periods but still fought back to edge Vityaz, 3-2. The New Jersey Devils star netted on the last minute to give the St. Petersburg side victory.

Meanwhile, Evgeny Malkin, usually of the Pittsburgh Penguins, could only hit the post as Metallurg Magnitogorsk lost 3-2 at Yugra, on Friday.

In contrast, the host's third goal was a cracker. Marek Trochinsky smacked a thunderbolt from the blue line, while an angry Malkin also smashed his stick, late on after failing to find an equalizer. But he made up for it on Sunday with a brace in Metallurg's 5-3 win at Barys.

While former Nashville Predator, Aleksandr Radulov, was the go-to man for CSKA as the free-scoring forward opened in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Atlant, and added two in a minute to inspire a 6-1 drubbing of Torpedo two days later. Pavel Datsyuk helped score those two, and the last one was finished off by Mikhail Grabovsky.