The translation of the YouTube description on this KHL highlight is “Alexander Toryanik scored the first goal in the NHL, and made it so that the blackbird whistling.”
We’re a little hazy on that metaphor, but watching this absolutely sick dangle from the Donbass Donetsk forward against Dynamo Minsk, it inexplicably makes sense:
Wow. Talk about sticking with a play.
Before you go maligning the porous defense of the Russian league, please note that Toryanik abused two North American players en route to that awesome goal. The defenseman who made that awkward lunge at the puck while Toryanik danced around him was Derek Meech, formerly of the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets. The goalie is Kevin Lalande, a former Calgary Flames draft pick who played for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Props to Donbass's Roman Blagoi for that touch pass to set up the play, and for having a name that sounds like an sandwich with Mortadella.