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Nikita Gusev is a 22-year-old forward in the Kontinental Hockey League, drafted at No. 202 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012.
He made its all-star squad after 28 points in 45 games for Yugra. He was an entrant in their shootout skills competition this weekend and, well, he stole the show.
Gusev put the puck between his legs and pressed his stick blade down behind him, trailing him like a tail. He then lifted the puck back through his legs on his stick blade, spun to his right and fired a lacrosse shot into the net with his blade facing downward.
In real time, it looked like an attack move out of Street Fighter.
It was awesome.
It also made us wonder where the heck the spin moves were this weekend in Columbus during the shootout events. Like, it’s banned in the NHL, but does that mean that it’s banned in the skills competition exhibition too? Because, you know, they allowed players to use little kids and blindfolds and such.