The KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs are at the conference semifinal stage and one player has stood out, not because of how many goals he has, but how he’s scored them.
Andrei Kuteikin is a 32-year-old defenseman currently playing for Dynamo Moscow. He’s won the Gagarin Cup twice before with SKA St. Petersburg and Salavat Yulaev Ufa. He has three goals this postseason, which ties his career high. All three has been fired from center ice, which should be a heads up for any goalie next time they see him carrying the puck through the neutral zone.
Goal No. 1 was an overtime winner to give Dynamo a 2-0 series lead against Torpedo in Round 1.
The second goal came late in a loss to SKA as Dynamo were trying to come back from a 2-0 deficit.
His third (for now) center-ice goal came during Sunday’s Game 3 of Dynamo’s series against SKA, who would get the laugh last and win the game.
If you didn’t catch it, Kuteikin’s second and third goals came against poor Mikko Koskinen, the victim of a late-skipping puck and a dipper.
That’s the fun of the KHL playoffs — you never know what you’ll see next. It could be a guy scoring three times from long range. Or maybe a buzzer beater. Or maybe it could be Pavel Datsyuk (!) laying out a huge hit and earning a game misconduct. Fun times.
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