It’s one of the most elusive goals in the game. But a couple of times a year, somewhere in the world, someone does it (and always scores… you never see a goaltender making some brazen forward look silly).
It happened Friday in the KHL when Pavel Medvedev of Urga popped one into the upper corner at just 4:18 of the first period. That’s early enough that at least 100 fans how got a devilish smile from a friend when the showed up late and said “What’d I miss?”
Medvedev worked the puck behind the net and instead of the flatten-the-stick-on-the-puck method, he slides his stick cooly under the puck and sticks it over the shoulder of Traktor goaltender Vasily Demchenko. He picks it up a lot like Mikael Granlund did against Russia in 2011 World Championship semi-finals, rather than the Michigan goal style.
One of the remarkable things about this goal was that it wasn’t scored by one of the league’s top skill players. Medvedev is a 23-year-old winger who now, in two games this season, has matched his goal total from last season in a truncated 12-game run. At the KHL level, he’s topped out at three goals and four assists through 32 games in the 2013-14 season. That makes that nasty goal a little more impressive.
The goal was reviewed and ruled a good goal.
In case you aren’t up on your history, here’s why some call that “the Michigan goal.”
And here’s the Mikael Granlund goal referenced earlier.
Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.