Alex Ovechkin proved a number of things on Saturday when he shattered a pane of glass in a KHL game against Atlant Moscow.
For one -- and many of us knew this -- he is one tough hombre. While the arena ice crew was sweeping up the broken glass and installing a replacement pane, Ovechkin was in the trainer’s room, calmly cleaning out a nasty cut on his hand with sanitary wipes. A few minutes later he returned to the game with a smile on his face.
Secondly, the panes of glass in KHL arenas appear to be about a quarter inch thinner than the rock-solid panes used in the NHL. Ovechkin was simply bouncing off a check he laid on forward Alexei Mikhnov when the back of his head struck the glass. And unlike NHL arenas, where fans are close enough to pound the glass with their fists, the first row of seats in KHL arenas are positioned about two or three feet from the glass.
And after seeing this video, how cool would it be for the NHL to grant full access to television cameras? A Russian cameraman followed Ovechkin into the trainers’ room, captured him shaking slivers of glass from his jersey and got close-up shots of his bloody hand.
Best of all, Ovi was so comfortable with the TV exposure he posed with a member of Dynamo’s medical staff. And yes, Ovi’s hair is growing in just fine, thank you.
The best news, of course, is that the Great 8 – make that 32 – doing just fine in his home country, netting five goals and seven assists in his first 12 games.
Meanwhile, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom arrived in Moscow on Saturday, passed his physical and watched the game at Atlant Moscow from the stands.
In a statement on Dynamo’s website, the club confirmed he had agreed to a contract “either till the end of season, or the termination of the NHL lockout.”
Backstrom, who will wear No. 99, is expected to make his season debut on Monday when Dynamo visits Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.