Most athletes will tell you that they prefer some degree of difficulty, because if there’s no challenge, they have too much time to think over the sort of act that comes naturally to their muscle memory. For Dinamo Minsk winger Sergei Drozd here, it might’ve been that. Or it might’ve been a goddamn puck that just wouldn’t flatten out.
Worry not: Minsk still beat Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2-0 Monday night, because when you blow a shot like this against a team that’s yanked its goalie, they don’t award points the other way. Maybe they should?