Konstantin Govorikov's stick save. (via KHL/YouTube)
KHL veteran Konstantin Gorovikov’s career is likely on its last legs, but the 38-year-old added a highlight to his career with a stunning goal line save this past weekend. After a shot came towards the Dynamo Moscow net, Gorovikov batted the blast out of mid-air and to safety.
Late last week, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban made tremendous stick save to stop Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot from scoring a gorgeous goal. The thing is, though, Pouliot didn’t exactly have a ton of power behind his attempt, which might make this save from the KHL better than Subban’s heroic effort.
In a contest this past weekend between Dynamo Moscow and Severstal Cherepovets, veteran center Konstantin Gorovikov made a massive goal line stop for Dynamo.
With goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko well out of his crease to stop an earlier attempt, Severstal right winger Anatoli Nikontsev had a wide-open net to fire the puck into. But that’s when Gorovikov snuck in front, got in position and batted the puck to safety. Even the referee can’t believe it. Watch for his delayed reaction:
Gorovikov’s ridiculous hand-eye save would keep Dynamo in the contest a bit longer, but Severstal would end up taking the game 4-2.
Gorovikov, 38, was a ninth-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 1999, but never made the jump to the NHL. He did spend two years with the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 1999-00 and 2000-01, but returned to Russia the following year.