Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal for SKA St. Petersburg in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League today during a 3-2 shootout victory over HC Neftekhimik. Kovalchuk, who is playing in the KHL during the NHL lockout, conducted a Q and A with the Russian website RIA Novosti: Kovalchuk: "For some reason, they're still refusing to talk about the serious problems, but instead talk about some borderline issues. The main thing is that all the guys have now shown the team owners that they can go and play somewhere, do their favorite thing and not just stay home. If you stay home then you can start getting depressed and clearly the team owners are hoping for that, but I think that this time things will be a little different." RIA: How would you feel about playing a full season in the KHL? Kovalchuk: "I really don't care, the main thing for me is hockey. I really like it here and if there isn't a season there, then I'd be delighted to play it out here and try to do it as well as possible." RIA: Why haven't stars like Sidney Crosby or Steve Stamkos come to the KHL? Kovalchuk: "Maybe they're a bit worried and hesitant about coming to Russia, but it's a personal thing. If the lockout lasts a year then I think we'll see a few more people in the KHL." RIA: Vyacheslav Fetisov's said each lockout increases the risk of the NHL losing its superstars to other leagues. Do you agree?
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk scores first goal in KHL for St. Petersburg
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