Damir Zhafyarov (via KHL/YouTube)
Damir Zhafyarov has scored 27 goals in nearly 200 KHL games, but the 21-year-old winger made a serious case for goal of the year after scoring while flat on the ice in a post-season contest.
Damir Zhafyarov, who plays for the KHL’s Sibir Novosibirsk, hasn’t been known for filling the net throughout his KHL career. Through 56 regular season games, the 21-year-old winger had six goals and 13 points and he’s only scored 27 times in nearly 200 games in the primarily Russian league. That didn’t stop him from scoring one of the most gorgeous goals of the season, though.
In Game Five of Sibir’s first-round series against Admiral Vladivostok, Zhafyarov was part of a 3-on-3 rush early in the second period and managed to slip by a check after taking a cross-ice pass. While moving around the defender, though, Zhafyarov was hauled down, which led to a delayed penalty. However, while falling to the ice, Zhafyarov managed to flick the puck to his left and then use his stick to knock it into the net while flat on his stomach. Seriously. Check it out:
Sure, it’s not quite like the goal Alex Ovechkin scored from the flat of his back, but Zhafyarov’s effort is up there when it comes to making a second effort to knock a puck home.
Zhafyarov’s goal is made even better not only by the fact it was his first of the series, but because it was both the game- and series-winning marker. That’s definitely a noteworthy tally for the youngster.
Sibir now moves on to the second round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs, where they’ll face off against Mike Keenan’s former club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.