When Washington Capitals prospect Stan Galiev was demoted to the Reading Royals earlier this season, the 20-year-old Russian took it in stride. Case in point: during Reading’s 4-2 win over the Florida Everblades, Stas scored such a boss breakaway goal that he ended up on SportsCenter’s Top Ten list on Thursday. Kind of an amazing feat considering ESPN spent more time on Thursday discussing a cut on Carmello Anthony’s non-shooting hand than the NHL lockout.
After an Everglades defensemen blew a wheel at the blue line, the young Russian winger strode in alone and flipped forehand/backhand, forehand/backhand, forehand/backhand before pushing the puck past Florida’s hapless goaltender. It was his second goal of the year.
Nice to know Stas still has the soft hands.