Catching up with Joe Thornton, Logan Coture, Pekka Rinne, Sergei Bobrovsky, Cam Barker and more.
KHL.RU: Sergei Bobrovsky won his KHL debut, a 5-2 victory for SKA St. Petersburg…Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk were held scoreless as Datysuk’s CSKA Moscow edged Mettalurg Magnitigorsk 2-1 in a shootout. Toronto Maple Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin scored Mettalurg’s only goal…Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist as Moscow Dynamo downed Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 5-1.
FANG FACTION: noted Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne won his KHL debut on Sunday, backstopping Dinamo Minsk to a 3-2 victory over Atlant.
YOUTUBE: Joe Thornton scored his first goal on Friday for HC Davos vs HC Lugano. His teammate, Rick Nash, took himself out of that game after suffering a shoulder injury, later revealed to be a bone bruise.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reported Logan Couture faced off against Thornton (his teammate with the San Jose Sharks) on Saturday, with “Couture’s Geneva-Servette beating Jumbo Joe’s Davos club 3-0.” Couture has one assist in the two games he’s played thus far.
NJ.COM: The AHL could see a higher profile this season because of the number of locked-out NHL players performing there. Among the notables:
“Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson and Jacob Josefson of the Devils will be playing in Albany; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle of the Oilers will be playing for the Oklahoma City Barons; Capitals goalie Braden Holtby will suit up for the Hershey Bears and Flyers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are among those who’ll play for the Adirondack Phantoms.”
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Cam Barker (selected third overall behind Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin at the 2004 NHL entry draft) is on a tryout contract with the AHL’s Texas Stars.