New heights of Mikhail Grabovsky
By Kirill Pirogov
Mikhail Grabovsky has scored two striking points in a victorious home NHL match against Buffalo, during which he was named the third star of the match. In total, he earned 53 points (27 goals + 26 resultful passes) across 68 matches. This repeats the season record of NHL Belarusian player Andrey Kostitsyn, set in 2008 by the Montreal forward; he scored one goal less but made one more resultful pass (26 goals + 27 passes). However, Kostitsyn earned his points across 78 matches: ten more than Grabovsky.
Consequently, Grabovsky’s achievement is considered to be a new record. Having scored 27 goals, Grabovsky now holds the shooting seasonal record among Belarusians: Andrey Kostitsyn scored 26 goals during the 2007/08 regular season.
Among Belarusians who have played in the strongest world hockey championship, Belarusian national ice hockey team coach Vladimir Tsyplakov also set a record, during the 1997/8 season. With the Los Angeles Kings, in the regular championship, he claimed 52 (18+34) points across 73 matches.