Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk combine for clutch goal late in KHL game

BY Pete Blackburn • August 31, 2016

Pavel Datsyuk may no longer be an NHL superstar, but he's still one heck of a hockey player.

The former Detroit Red Wings star -- now with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL -- seems to be off to a hot start overseas, as he's scored three times in his first four contests with his new team. Two of those goals came late in SKA's contest against Ak Bars Kazan on Tuesday, and the latter of the pair came with just five seconds remaining in regulation.

Down by a goal with time running out,  Datsyuk received a neutral zone pass from another former NHL superstar, Ilya Kovalchuk, and penetrated the offensive zone before sniping the equalizer top corner. You can argue Datsyuk got a little bit of luck when the puck bounced off his skate and went straight through the legs of an opposing defender, allowing Datsyuk to get space for the shot. But then again, it's Pavel Datsyuk, so there's a significant chance that it was just his magic touch and not luck at all. 

Unfortunately for SKA, they eventually lost in a shootout. On the bright side, Datsyuk and Kovalchuk have a combined 15 points through their first four games together, so fans may be in for a show all season long. 



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