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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Andrei Markov goal for Dynamo Moscow, 1999

Before Andrei Markov came over to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, he started his pro career with Khimik and then Dynamo Moscow in the Russia Super League, where he was voted the league's top defenseman for the '99-'00 season.

This video (which I've also put on my YouTube account) is a goal that Markov scored for Dynamo in Feb. 1999-- sending the puck the full length of the ice and through the pads of the stunned Metallurg goalie with 9 seconds left. Assist to Maxim Afinogenov!

Here's a description I found of Markov's goal:

In the final of the prestigious Euroleague tournament, Markov scored against Metallurg Magnitogorsk the most curious and astonishing goal ever seen in the world of hockey.

Metallurg led 1-0 with only eight seconds left in the third period. The Dynamo goalie was pulled and Markov, who was behind the net, took a pass from Maxim Afinogenov. Markov fired a tremendous slap shot, which crossed all the lines and squeezed into the net past the glove of goalie Boris Tortunov, forcing the game into overtime. The fans went into hysterics for several minutes.

Markov commented on his shot, "I never thought of scoring from such a tremendous distance. I got the puck and thought just of shooting it into the rival’s zone and then to fight for it there. Of course I aimed the puck for the goaltender simply not to allow icing."