KHL action resumed Wednesday following a 10-day break for players to take part in the Karjala Tournament in Finland, and Nicklas Backstrom wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard.
Backstrom recorded his first KHL hat trick, which included the game-winner in Dynamo Moscow’s 4-3 overtime victory against Vityaz Chekhov. The Capitals center, who is now wearing No. 69 rather than No. 99, finished with 22 minutes 4 seconds of ice time and six total shots on goal in the contest.
The game also marked Alex Ovechkin’s return to Dynamo Moscow’s lineup after he missed three games with an illness. Ovechkin assisted on two of Backstrom’s tallies Wednesday and finished with nine shots in 27:05 of ice time.
Check out the full highlights and catch Backstrom’s goals at 0:35 mark, 3:00 and 4:58:
In other news…
• The NHL lockout turned 60 days old Wednesday. What? You’re not planning to celebrate the occasion? Unfortunately neither are NHL or NHLPA officials. The two sides haven’t met since Sunday and there aren’t any future sessions scheduled.
• Prospect Stanislav Galiev has been assigned to the ECHL’s Reading Royals. Galiev, who is in his first year pro, started the year with the AHL’s Hershey Bears but has recorded just one assist in nine contests and was a healthy scratch in three of the past four games.