Goals of the Night: Russia’s third period rally (January 5)

Sports coaches – particularly hockey coaches – might want to point to last night’s Canada-Russia gold medal game anytime a team feels hopeless in a big hole. It really looked like the Canadian junior team had the gold wrapped up with a 3-0 lead in the third period, but the Russians went on an incredible run in the final frame to win 5-3.

It all started at the 17-minute mark when the Russians scored two goals only 13 seconds apart. That little flurry left the Canadians flat footed while the pro-Canada crowd in Buffalo couldn’t believe what they were seeing. By the time it was 3-3, it already seemed like the underdog Russians broke the spirit of the favored Canadians.

Artemi Panarin (two goals), Maxim Kitsyn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Nikita Dvurechenski scored those five unanswered goals in the absolutely stunning third period. (Note: the astounding rally begins at the four-minute mark of this video.)

The real treat in this clip comes from watching the over-the-top celebration by the Russian gold medal winners. As you can see via the screen capture from the video, the Russians frequently screamed into/grabbed the camera and often shouted things in their native language. It’s quite the hilarious sight … unless you’re a Canadian. Then the hilarity turns to sadness. (Sorry about that.)

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Goal of the Week: Teemu Selanne (October 18-24)

Rather than just providing a near-daily offering (or three) regarding which goals we found the most entertaining, amazing or vital, we thought we’d also let PHT readers decide which goal was the best of the week.

The winner for the week of October 18-24 is Teemu Selanne. You can see the video of his 609th career goal above. Here is a screen shot of the poll results.

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Teemu Selanne ran away with the poll, taking 75 out of 142 votes for 52.8 percent. The only goal that was semi-competitive was Cody Franson’s gorgeous little tally that elicited slightly excessive Bobby Orr reactions.

There weren’t any goals that I would consider “unforgettable” but check out the original poll post to see the other selections. Congrats to Selanne, a guy who probably would have won many other goal of the week awards if PHT (and hockey blogs) existed since he took the league by storm as a rookie all those years ago.