Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Phil Davies on 10/17/10 at 02:39 PM ET
Alexander Radulov of Salavat Yulaev entered the record books recently by scoring the fastest goal in Russian hockey history. Radulov scored six seconds into a match against Yugra, after intercepting a pass and doing a nice spin-o-rama move on goaltender Mikhail Biryukov. Radulov beat the twelve year record of seven seconds, set by Andrei Pychelyakov of Severstal in 1998 and later tied by former NHLer Dmitry Yushkevich of Magnitogorsk in 2003. However, Radulov’s goal is not the fastest goal ever recorded in a professional hockey game as that distinction is held by four players who were able to find the back of the net one second faster than Radulov. They are NHLer’s Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and fellow Russian Alexander Mogilny (1991), as well as Slovak 2nd division player; Frantisek Zubek of Presov.
Radulov currently leads the KHL in points with five goals and 20 assists in 14 games this year, which is five points ahead of Avangard’s Roman Cervenka. By comparison, SKA’s Maxim Afinogenov has thirteen points in fifteen games and longtime Russian National Team stalwart; Alexei Morozov has fourteen points in as many games this season. This begs the question; how good is Radulov compared to his Russian peers in the NHL, such as Alexander Semin and Evgeni Malkin.
Where does Radulov rank?
Do you think he will ever return to the NHL?
I would like to hear some readers opinions on these questions!
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