KHL scandal: The regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) resumed after the Moscow stage of the Eurotour – and immediately gave us a lot of the brightest matches, including the army derby SKA – CSKA. By tradition, MK-Sport analyzes the main events of the week in the Eurasian tournament, not always maintaining a serious expression.
WHAT’S HAPPENING: Avtomobilist may be left without playoffs
Let’s start, as usual, with the Western Conference. Upstairs, the battle continues between the giants – SKA, Moscow CSKA vs. Dynamo, Finnish Jokerit – for the best seeding spots. And no one canceled ambitions with the desire to clean up the principled opponent. Especially when it comes to the battles of the St. Petersburg army with the capital. It’s no secret that behind these clubs are the most influential clans in our hockey – and if earlier the Olympic team was driven de facto from St. Petersburg, now the situation has changed.KHL scandal
KHL scandal: In general, it was fundamentally important for SKA to beat the Moscow army team. And the derby of two, perhaps, the most luxuriously equipped teams in the KHL turned out to be great. With overtime obligatory for drama, in which, however, Sergei Fedorov , the helmsman of the capital’s red and blue, did not manage to replace the goalkeeper on duty with a fourth field player.
But – still got the puck into his own goal. However, there will be more! .. As in the battles for the remaining places in the playoffs. By and large, even the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Severstal, the main sensation of this season, were not guaranteed to themselves: they do not feel a margin of safety. All the more questionable are the positions of Spartak and Dynamo Minsk, which may well be squeezed out by the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, and even the Sochi, which has woken up under the leadership of Andrei Nazarov.
In the Eastern Conference, as in the entire KHL, in fact, Metallurg Magnitogorsk is still confidently leading. Chelyabinsk “Tractor”, Ufa “Salavat Yulaev”, Kazan “Ak Bars” and Omsk “Avangard” can also prepare for the battles for the Gagarin Cup. As well as – by and large – Novosibirsk “Siberia”, which I personally, I remember, underestimated and which (respect to Andrey Martemyanov !) Pleasantly surprised.
And the Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist is failing the season so far. One of the richest clubs in the entire league may well be left without a playoff at all. At least in the fight for the remaining two places with the Kazakh Barys, Neftekhimik from Nizhnekamsk and Amur from Khabarovsk, you will have to sweat.KHL scandal
KHL scandal: HERO: Voronkov – health!
Today I want not to single out the hero for his exploits on the ice (although there are enough of them – what are the only games at the World Championship with a broken jaw!), But just wish the person and the hockey player health. Dmitry Voronkov , who is called the undisputed candidate for Beijing 2022 in the hockey media,
and is positioned in the secular media as the boyfriend of the 2018 Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova , was seriously injured even before the break for the Eurotrip: in the match with Salavat, the forward Ak Leopard ”was hit with a shoulder in the head, and as a result, then carried away on a stretcher. A concussion is no joke, and therefore Dima will have to recover in the near future. Just be in time for the Games! [KHL scandal]
KHL scandal: KURIEZ: Minsk considered the Palau anthem a provocation
Belarusian officials are outraged: before the match between Finnish “Jokerit” and Minsk “Dinamo” they suddenly played the anthem … Palau. Minsk hockey bosses are talking about provocation, stirring up a diplomatic scandal. Which is funny in itself. It is clear that the female DJ was simply taken aback, realizing that the rival of the “jokers” was not from Russia, as she decided with her not the best education in the world. And then, frantically searching the Web, I clicked on the wrong link. For which I have already apologized.
KHL scandal: But if you think about it – what happened so terrible? I searched the same Internet for this ocean country anthem. Fine words, they would be quite suitable for Belarus. Such a cute, harmless text. About the fact that the country is moving forward … Strong and domineering … As before, adhering to the old ways (and isn’t it so? – A.L. ) … One, safe … Like, we will take care of our Motherland … Give us strength and power , and everything to rule forever … And the last thing, the Belarusian leadership should definitely like it, right?
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