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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Updating the Eurohockey update

It takes a while, but KHL.ru always updates the game reports in English.  So those mysteriously untranslatable penalties were:  throwing the puck ("emitting the washer"), tripping ("footstep"), and holding ("delay of the hands").
 They also had a highlight video of the game.  As the trophy is the Gagarin cup (after Yuri Gagarin) and the home fans in Ufa didn't want the series going back to Mystichi, the signs around the arena said, "Gagarin has landed, 4-16-11, Ufa."  Now that's clever.  The Marek goal was a 5-on-3 (they won't take more than two guys off the ice) and they just ran out of guys to cover Marek out front on the tying goal.  Kutekin's goal was just a shot from the blue line, straight out front- not even a "blistering slap shot"- that Barulin was screened from by about a million people.  Svitov's 3-1 score came on a pass behind the net that took one hop off the boards and went right to Saprykin in the corner, who fed it to Svitov all alone in front, and it was in the net almost simultaneously with the goalie's realization that Svitov had it.  Just like on the first goal, Atlant's coach shook his head at his team's inability to cover out front.  Glukhov's goal that made it 3-2 was neat-  with a man on his back, he faced the goalie from the goal's left.  The netminder was braced, thinking he had the angles covered, and never moved.  There was one angle he didn't have covered- a very small one just over his right shoulder- and that's where Glukhov put it. 
Apparently a lot of celebrities were there, including SKA management and the man that is expected to be their next head coach, former NHLer Craig MacTavish.

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