It’s too early to declare anything goal of the year quite yet, but Jokerit’s Juhamatti Aaltonen could certainly challenge for the honor with an absolutely outstanding tally he scored Thursday.
In Jokerit’s second game of the season, Aaltonen collected the puck in the neutral zone and broke into the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod zone with a head of steam. The first defender he met, Aaltonen broke around with speed and beat with a quick forehand-backhand deke before shovelling the puck to Tommi Huhtala.
Huhtala dished the puck back to Aaltonen as he swung around the net with speed, then he proceeded to wait until the last moment to slide the puck between his own legs onto his backhand, get into the slot and rifle a backhand past goaltender Ivan Lisutin. The entire play is outstanding: Read more
There aren’t many goalies who get through their entire career without surrendering a goal they would desperately like to have back, but when it comes to goals from center ice, usually a bouncing puck is to blame. Unfortunately, Ivan Nalimov can’t blame bad ice or a dipping and diving puck.
During a Wednesday night tilt pitting Slovan Bratislava against Nalimov’s Admiral Novokuznetsk, everything was going well for Nalimov. He had stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first frame and was halfway through the second period before a neutral zone faceoff gave him some trouble.
After a scrambled draw, Slovan’s Andrej Stastny threw the puck back to defenseman Michal Sersen who saw some daylight in the bottom right corner past Nalimov. The 29-year-old blueliner wound up and fired a cannon of a slapshot that blew right past Nalimov and into the bottom corner. Check it out: Read more
No, it’s not October yet and the NHL season is still more than a month away. However, that we’re approaching the end of August means the KHL season has begun. And it only took one day for SKA St. Petersburg netminder Mikko Koskinen to make a point blank stop that will be remembered all season.
With the score knotted at 0-0 with little more than six minutes remaining in the first period, CSKA Moscow worked the puck in behind the St. Petersburg goal and the SKA defense collapsed on the attacking forwards. That’s when Alexander Radulov snuck into the empty room in front of the net and was given a golden opportunity on the doorstep — a golden opportunity that was snatched away from him by the quick glove hand of Koskinen. Read more
There’s pressure on the St. Louis Blues to finally make a deep post-season run in 2015-16, but you wouldn’t know the team is feeling the heat by watching them take the ice for the first time at the Blues’ first informal skate of the season.
In the short clip posted to the team’s Twitter account, Alex Pietrangelo, Petteri Lindbohm, Robby Fabbri and the newest Blue, Troy Brouwer, all fly out onto the ice, skating straight-legged and trying to stay upright. But instead, for 14 seconds, the video is like watching four- and five-year-old children scramble around the ice. Read more
When the Montreal Canadiens chased Ben Bishop from the net in the second round of the playoffs, Habs defenseman P.K. Subban couldn’t resist taking a shot at the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, saying Bishop had been “sitting on a horseshoe” to that point in the series. Subban, of course, meant to imply that said horseshoe was wedged in a certain part of Bishop’s anatomy. Subban is subtle that way.
The implication was Bishop had luck rather than skill to credit for his play in that series. If that’s the case, then perhaps it was a case of karma coming around. Maybe Bishop was finally due for some good luck, because until he joined the Lightning, good fortune wasn’t something in huge supply for him.
By the time Bishop was dealt to Tampa at the trade deadline in 2013, he was a 26-year-old goalie with just 36 NHL appearances and was already in his third organization. His hometown St. Louis Blues had given up on him, trading him for a second-round pick. Then with no room on their depth chart for a goalie who takes up a lot of room in the net, the Ottawa Senators dealt him to Tampa Bay for Cory Conacher and a fourth-rounder, not the kind of bounty that has “future NHL star” written all over it. Read more
The KHL season is drawing ever-closer, and it looks like Sergei Shumakov’s hands are ready for a new campaign.
At Sibir Novosibirsk’s pre-season fan day, which took place Thursday, the 22-year-old winger dazzled the crowd with a spectacular shootout goal that fooled nearly everyone in attendance. The goal, which utilized the lacrosse-style puck pickup and some tricky hand-eye coordination, had fans in attendance cheering for Shumakov and left the Novosibirsk goaltender scrambling to get a piece of the puck.
Unfortunately for him, the poor Sibir goaltender had no chance. Check it out: Read more
Alexander Kuvayev may have learned a very important lesson this KHL preseason: don’t cut around the net blindly because it likely won’t end well.
In a preseason KHL game contest between Kuvayev’s Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Barys Astana, the 22-year-old winger picked up the puck on the right wing boards and took it down behind the Astana net. As he was cutting around the back of the goal, Kuvayev dropped his head to corral the puck and did so just long enough that he didn’t see former Los Angeles King Konstantin Pushkaryov coming in for a huge check.
As soon as Kuvayev got around the net, he got drilled by Pushkaryov. The check was hard enough to send Kuvayev’s helmet sailing and the young winger was knocked out of the tilt: Read more
Aside from being a three-time 20-goal scorer, Kris Versteeg is known for some rather ridiculous off-ice moments.
There’s his singing, there’s his rapping and, now, there’s this: Versteeg, alongside fellow NHLer and Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers, performing a bizarre, albeit hilarious, interpretive dance to Sia’s ‘Chandelier’. Better yet, the performance came at Devin Setoguchi‘s wedding.
The ‘Chandelier’ music video features a ballerina dancing through what appears to be a deserted home. Shockingly, the, uh, replication of sorts by Versteeg, Demers and Co., wasn’t cause for wedding guests to make like the Sia video and abandon their surroundings. Read more