The Russian Kontinental Hockey League made not have the best players in the world, and definitely doesn't have the best goalies in the world. But gosh darn it, they know how to celebrate a goal over there.
Here's the latest viral celly from Andrey Stepanov of Metallurg Novokuznetsk, tying Amur on a late third-period power play goal on Tuesday … and then sliding through the neutral zone on his back, his head resting on his glove.
Please tells us that was all orchestrated for some girl he spied during warm-ups; if so, there's no justice in the world if that was his last scoring opportunity of the night ...
Metallurg won the game in a shootout, 3-2.
So in the last year, we've had a baseball slide celebration after a goalie gaffe; Evgeny Kuznetsov rowing the kayak after a goal; and goalie Ilya Ezhov getting in on the act with his dub-step victory dance.
Yeah, yeah, yeah … act like you've been there/show some class/all that jazz. We all know this stuff wouldn't fly in the NHL, what with the braying censors in the media sucking the enthusiasm out of players like ennui vampires. All most of us ask is that we see these celebrations at appropriate times … like scoring the game-tying goal late in the third period, for example.
With that, we salute you, Andrey Stepanov, and your 1970s Playgirl centerfold pose in the neutral zone.