Lidell obeys the ‘law of the ex’

Source: Club Press-Office



In five years of KHL action, Swedish forward Linus Videll has played for several teams – and last season took him to Torpedo. So there was an extra focus on him in only his sixth outing for Kunlun, against his colleagues from the previous campaign.

In many sports, there’s a “law of the ex”, which states that a player, in action against his former club, is destined to play a big role in frustrating his previous employer. And Videll certainly obeyed that law with a starring performance against Torpedo, even though his efforts were ultimately in a losing cause.

All of the key moments for Kunlun happened when Videll, along with his line-mates Sean Collins and Damien Fleury, were on the ice. In the 27th minute a foul by Daniil Ilin gave Red Star a power play. Seconds later Videll conjured up a dangerous play with his colleagues and the only response from Torpedo was a second foul. Kirill Urakov went to the bin, Kunlun had almost 90 seconds with a two-man advantage.

Our team capitalized in full, scoring two goals in 42 seconds. In a flash, the game was transformed. From trailing 0-3 and seemingly drifting to a tame defeat, our Dragon unsheathed its claws and roared back to 2-3. The first goal, scored by Fleury, began with Videll. The second, from Brett Bellemore, also came with the Swede on the ice. Torpedo thought the game was locked up, but its former player arrested their progress.

Sadly it wasn’t quite enough to slip the chains altogether and assert total authority over the visitor. Instead a fourth goal early in the third period saw Torpedo claim a 4-2 victory. And so the second sequence of home games for Kunlun ended much like the first, with two victories and six points from three games. In total, only two teams have come to China and escaped undefeated; there’s already evidence that we’re building a modern-day Great Wall on home ice.

On the road, though, things could be better. So far Kunlun has just two wins from eight away games and still awaits its first successes in the European part of Russia and beyond. There’s an immediate chance to do just that in the coming days as the team heads to Togliatti, Nizhnekamsk and Kazan for a three-game road trip against Lada, Neftekhimik and Ak Bars.

Forward Alexei Ponikarovsky, who picked up an injury in the first period and was unable to return to the ice, is expected to join the team on that expedition while continuing his recovery.