Two goals in the space of a minute deep into the second period ultimately decided the outcome of the 2014 Gagarin Cup, with Yaroslav Kosov and Jan Kovar leading Metallurg to a 7-4 victory on the night and a 4-3 series success to give the Steelmen the KHL’s top prize for the first time.
It means Mike Keenan becomes the first North American coach to take the top prize in Russian club hockey; 20 years after landing the Stanley Cup with the Rangers, the Canadian adds the Gagarin Cup to his CV. That delivers a sharp riposte to those Trans-Atlantic commentators who insisted that his notoriously uncompromising man-management style was the relic of a dinosaur rather than a viable path to future glory.
So…take that, all you Trans-Atlantic commentators out there.
Me and my fellow Canadian Chris Lee. First Canadian KHL champions. So incredibly proud to be a part of this pic.twitter.com/h1sAiBWZEF
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.