|Maxim Pestushko came over to Dynamo from Neftekhimik this summer, and was doing very well until today's misfortune. (photo via hokejakartinas.lv)|
First up, SKA are doing without the services of Ilya Kovalchuk for the time being, after the forward picked up an "upper body" injury during his team's surprisingly difficult 3-2 shootout win over Vityaz on Sunday. Kovalchuk, as expected, has done pretty well on his return to the KHL, posting 10 points (7 goals) in 9 games. He missed today's game against Torpedo, and, at least according to SKA coach Jukka Jalonen, there is no word on when he might be expected back.
Dynamo, however, were given little time to revel in their rivals' misfortune. The defending champions did manage to defeat Severstal today, but at a heck of a price. The KHL's leading scorer (12 gp, 8-7-15), Dynamo forward Maxim Pestushko, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw and nose, not to mention a Grade 2 concussion, after a collision with young Severstal defenseman Kirill Sviyazov. Sviyazov was not penalized on the play, and seemed genuinely shocked by what had happened. In any case, it goes without saying that Pestushko will be out for awhile.
Back to SKA. As noted, they were in Nizhny Novgorod without Kovalchuk today, and whether his absence had anything to do with it or not, they got whomped 5-2. Edmonton Oilers fans can enjoy Torpedo's first goal of the game, a pretty, close-in, top-shelf job from Daniil Zharkov.