From the Kontinental Hockey League comes today’s affirmation of the existence of the Hockey Gods:
That’s Ilya Kovalchuk of SKA St. Petersburg, running into his teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky and falling to the ice. It appeared Ponikarovsky was trying to set a pick and then tried to avoid Kovalchuk, but instead laid a nice check to his sternum.
Kovalchuk injured his shoulder on the play, and will miss up to a month of exciting KHL action.
There are several levels of amazing here:
1. Kovalchuk infamously “retired” from the NHL for the KHL, and suffered an injury just nine games into his season with SKA.
2. Ponikarovsky isn’t just Kovalchuk’s teammate with SKA – the two played together with the New Jersey Devils, which naturally leads one to believe that Ponikarovsky is a Lou Lamoriello sleeper agent programmed to subvert Kovalchuk at every turn in his post-Devils career.
3. Someone actually threw a quality check in a KHL game.