Watch KHLer beat four defenders for jaw-dropping playoff OT winner

Jared Clinton
Artemi Panarin (via KHL/YouTube)

It has been reported that Artemi Panarin has his sights set on the NHL next season. If his overtime goal in the first game of SKA St. Petersburg’s second round series against Dynamo Moscow is any indication of his talent level, don’t be surprised when teams fight for his services.

Less than a minute into overtime, St. Petersburg’s Panarin got the puck deep in the left wing corner. After spinning on his backhand towards the boards, he deftly slipped the puck under the stick of the Moscow defenseman Mat Robinson, turning him inside out. As Robinson gave chase, Panarin moved right into the slot and, with four defenders in the vicinity, fired a wristshot past Dynamo goaltender Alexander Lazushin: Read more

Crazy KHL Game 7 highlighted by huge save, controversial goal

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Omsk's Chad Kolarik scores while Astana's Alexei Litvinenko lies on the ice injured. (via KHL/YouTube)

What would the playoffs be without the antics of a series deciding seventh game? Thanks to Barys Astana and Avangard Omsk, hockey fans won’t have to wait until the NHL playoffs to have their first taste of Game 7 in 2014-15.

Minutes into the final game of the first round series between Omsk and Astana, Barys winger Dustin Boyd had an incredible chance to get the game started right. After taking a pass in the middle of the ice, Boyd fired a wrist shot that sailed over the net and ricocheted off the glass back in front.

With Avangard goaltender Konstantin Barulin down and searching for the puck, Boyd looked to have the opening goal on his stick. Barulin, however, managed to contort his body and stretch out for a miraculous kick save. Read more

NHL makes history with first-ever Russian referee

Evgeny Romasko (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It was only fitting that the first Russian to ever referee an NHL game would do it in Detroit, the city that assembled the Russian Five and is home to one of the all-time greatest Russian players in NHL history in Pavel Datsyuk.

Evgeny Romasko made history Monday night by becoming the first-ever Russian-born official to work an NHL game when the Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. It took Romasko just four minutes and 52 seconds to call the first penalty of his NHL career, a highsticking minor against Marek Zidlicky of the Red Wings, which impressed his boss, NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom. Read more

KHL player is conscious, recovering after gruesome head injury

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Avangard captain Sergei Kalinin  (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

It’s the type of accident you never want to see happen.

Avangard Omsk captain Sergei Kalinin took a clean hit against Barys Astana on Sunday, but with brutal consequences: his helmet came off in the collision and the big center’s head bounced off the ice as a result, sending him into convulsions.

According to Avangard’s website, Kalinin was rushed to a leading medical clinic and will be kept in Astana for at least 10 days. The report also stated that Kalinin is conscious and talking already, but it was a frightful scene.


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Watch Russian player dance defender for beautiful playoff tally

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Daniil Apalkov (via YouTube)

No matter how nice a goal may be in the regular season, there’s something more special about highlight reel fodder coming in the playoffs. Just ask Daniil Apalkov.

In the first round of the KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs, Apalkov embarrassed a defender in the kind of way you might only expect in a video game. Apalkov broke into the Dynamo Moscow zone with his Lokomotiv Yaroslavl down 7-2, faked to the inside, toe-dragged the puck around defenseman Mat Robinson and unleashed a laser of a wristshot past Alexander Lazushin. Read more

KHL player uses between-the-legs fake to score awesome breakaway goal

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Artem Bulyansky (via KHL/YouTube)

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

Watch Mike Keenan show KHL ‘Iron Mike,’ scream at opposition bench

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Mike Keenan (via KHL/YouTube)

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

KHL player suffers scary injury, has to be stretchered off

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Vladislav Kartayev is stretchered off the ice. (via KHL/YouTube)

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