Scoring masterpiece by Mikhail Grabovsky
By Yuri Kovalev
Grabovsky played an inspiring match and directly contributed to the Maple Leafs’ victory over one of the leaders in the Eastern Conference. With Washington already leading 4:1, the Belarusian sportsman managed to return hope to his partners by scoring a goal. Then, his team brought the match into overtime, by scoring three times in the final three minutes of the last, third period. An additional period didn’t reveal a winner, so everyone prepared for a series of penalty shoot-outs. Grabovsky again played a key role, skating towards goalie Michal Neuvirth, pivoting in front and, with his back to the net, scoring with a backhanded shot to the right post.
At the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland, Grabovsky’s similar amazing shoot was disallowed, yet nobody doubted its legitimacy in the NHL.