It’s only preseason in the hockey world, but the KHL is already setting its players loose. The latest result? A dazzling goal by Ak Bars defenseman Yevgeny Medvedev, who gets behind the blue liners for Traktor Chelyabinsk on a lucky line change and gets in alone with goaltender Vasily Demchenko. From there, well, watch for yourself.
Medvedev’s move is reminiscent of the famous Olympic shootout goal scored by Sweden’s Peter Forsberg in the 1994 Gold Medal Game, as seen below.
Medvedev’s goal is more of a result of the blazing speed he puts on as he closes in on goal. Forsberg was always a big man who looked slower than he skated. Where his is a plodding style, perfected by the hands and mechanics of a potential Hall of Fame talent, Medevedev’s move is more the result of the sheer speed he displays.
As original poster of the video Yahoo’s Puck Daddy notes, “It’s like a skater using a cheat code.”
It’s hard to argue that, but if you can’t use cheat codes in preseason exhibitions, when can you use them?
NHL players will be displaying moves of their own in mid-September, after the teams commence training camp earlier that month. We will have full coverage of every big play and game once play resumes.