In a rather progressive move, the KHL has posted yesterday's playoff game between SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow on YouTube in its entirety. The match was an exciting and controversial one as Dynamo won 5-4 in overtime after an SKA goal was disallowed midway through the extra frame. Moscow now leads the best-of-seven Gagarin Cup Conference Final series 1-0, with action set to resume tomorrow at 19:00 MSK, 11:00 EST.
Paul Romanuk is covering the IIHF's Challenge Cup of Asia in Dehradun, India, which is in India's first ice hockey rink just completed last year. Here's his post-game coverage from the United Arab Emirates/Thailand and Macau/India games. Kuwait, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) are the other teams participating.
Former NHL goaltender and current Finnish national team Assistant Coach Pasi Nurminen was just one of many Finns who enjoyed a long night of celebrating the country's second ever World Championship victory. But his next morning tells the real story!
Mikael Granlund's goal. It's just all you'll have to say for years to come.
The old AK Bars Kazan line of Sergei Zinoviev, Alexei Morozov and Danis Zaripov shows why it has been so dominant in international competition in a 2nd round game against Denmark at the 2011 World Championships. Sergei Zinoviev scored a hat trick in the game.
Kiril Starkov undresses the Russian defense to set up a perfect assist for Nichlas Hardt. Russian goaltender Evgeni Nabokov injures himself on the play.
Ales Kranjc makes it 0-1 for Slovenia in their opening game against Slovakia on a great rush. Slovenia would later lose the game 3-1.
I apologize for not having anything up right now... got back late from Regina where I witnessed this greatness. There will be recaps up later today of the Karjala, Deutschland, EIHC, Jr. A Challenge, 4 Nations Cup, and other U20, U18, U17, and U16 level tourneys from around the world. Plus more from the First NHL Goals series.
Joel Armia, the top Finnish prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, scored his first SM-Liiga goal on Oct. 2. His team, Ässät, got blitzed in the game 11-3 by HIFK, but the goal gave his team a glimpse of something great from the 17 year old. I featured him as Finland's "newest star" in my Ivan Hlinka Memorial coverage, and he's living up to the billing: in 6 SM-Liiga games to date, he has 2 goals and 3 assists. He's the youngest player in the league.
Peter Regin of Denmark scores a fantastic goal as Denmark opens their Group D pool with a stunning 4-1 win over Finland. I said that Group D had the chance to produce some upsets, but seeing both Germany and Denmark beat the USA and Finland is quite unexpected. A surprising starter for Denmark was 20 year old G Frederik Andersson, who stopped 36 of 37 shots. He didn't score the empty netter this time (Frans Nielsen scored it for his second of the night), but he's fully capable of doing that, too.