Ever since Marek Malik’s between-the-legs shootout goal, we’ve seen it at least a handful of times in the NHL. But from the KHL comes this move by Artem Bulyansky, which exploited the popularity of Malik’s move to fake Alexei Murygin out of his net.
The brilliant thing about the goal is that Bulyansky wasn’t just reacting to what Murygin was giving him. He made space for his backhander by faking the between-the-legs move. Take a look at this beauty: Read more
Mike Keenan had a long, storied tenure in the NHL, one that includes a Stanley Cup and his getting a reputation for having his goaltenders on a short leash. He also had a reputation for having an extremely short fuse.
Since 2008-09, his last coaching campaign in the NHL, then with the Calgary Flames, Keenan has been relatively off the grid. Since leaving the NHL, he has found work with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL – and well, one might add, leading his team to the KHL Championship, the Gagarin Cup, in 2013-14, his first season.
But his outburst during Friday’s game against Lada has us remembering a different, much more angry side of Keenan. Watch as he loses his cool after a perceived dive that led to an Oskar Osala boarding call. Read more
There was a scary scene during the Thursday night contest between the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and CSKA Moscow.
Early in the second period, Yaroslavl forward Vladislav Kartayev was breaking down the left wing boards on a 2-on-1 with teammate Yegor Korshkov, when he cut toward the net to take a shot and tripped over the body of Kirill Vorobyov. Kartayev lost his footing, crashed into the post back first and was left writhing in pain on the ice. Read more
Jori Lehtera or Roman Cervenka?
That’s the question to ask about Viktor Tikhonov’s and Artemi Panarin’s respective futures. According to a report from TASS, converted to English via Google Translate, the SKA Saint Petersburg teammates want to play in the NHL next season. Their KHL contracts expire after the league playoffs this spring. April 30, to be exact.
So the question is: who are these guys, and will their NHL futures go the so-far-successful route of Lehtera or the short-and-not-so-sweet way of Cervenka?
The question is asked and the telephone line goes quiet. Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Fetisov doesn’t believe in speaking ill of the dead. Even when that dead person once arranged to have him handcuffed to a car battery in Kiev. Even when that dead person made his rather charmed life miserable, when he drove Fetisov out of the game for a time and when he almost derailed his dream of playing in the NHL.
But mores are mores, and Fetisov isn’t about to violate them. Read more
Nashville’s Carter Hutton may have all but locked up save of the year honors the other night, but he has some competition from the KHL.
During a Wednesday night contest, SKA St. Petersburg’s Mikko Koskinen was forced to make a diving save to his right. After making the stop, the puck then bounced off of a St. Petersburg defenseman and trickled towards the wide open net. Lying on his stomach, Koskinen swept the butt end of his stick behind him and, amazingly, managed to knock the puck out of harm’s way. Read more
Only two teams left to forecast for the 2016 World Cup of hockey, and we’ve reached the murkiest entry. Team Russia is perpetually toughest to predict because politics play a role in the choices. How many KHL players will be honored for their loyalty to their country and make the team over superior NHLers? It’s a delicate exercise.
I’ve given it my best shot below. Note the lack of right-handed shots on the blueline. It’s typically better to achieve balance, but shockingly few elite Russian defenseman shoot right.
Linus Videll has never been a sniper, but on Sunday the 29-year-old winger put on a display that would make one think he’s a goal-scoring dynamo.
In a KHL contest against HC Slovan, Videll made a pass when crossing the blueline and turned it into a quick give-and-go with teammate Roberts Burkarts. When Burkarts made the pass back to Videll, the Dinamo Riga winger had little to shoot at, so he changed the angle for himself by reaching around Slovan netminder Denis Godla for an outstanding one-handed goal. Read more