All photos: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images

Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski scored a late game-winning goal in Belarus’s upset victory over Switzerland on Monday. The win substantially improved the chances that Grabovski and his teammates will make it out of the group stage at the World Championship. That’s huge for Belarus and its fans, and it explains why Grabovski celebrated like he had just won the Stanley Cup after scoring on the breakaway.

During four-on-four play with a little more than two minutes to go in the third period, Grabovski snuck up behind Swiss defenseman Eric Blum and took a long range pass from Sergei Kostitsyn. Grabo deked a few times and then snuck the puck past Reto Berra’s outstretched pad.

GIFs by Ian Oland

To celebrate, Grabo skated full speed to center ice, pumped his fist, and then made a beeline towards the Belarus bench. Grabovski chose this moment to make a suicide leap into his teammates’ arms at the bench.

After watching this GIF repeatedly, I’m not sure how he avoided breaking a bone or six.

With two points in the game (Grabovski also assisted on a goal by ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn earlier in the third period), Grabo is in a ten-way tie for third place in points at the tournament (one goal and three assists).

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  • Patrick

    I hope beyond hope that he is back on the Caps next year…

  • Graham Dumas

    Grabovski for Fed chairman.

  • Thomas Conner

    #jokes

  • gwdawgs

    Contract please!

  • Sarah

    What you Yellen about? (drum roll, cymbal)

  • Graham Dumas
  • Steve Killmon

    Kuzya, Fehrsie, Grabo, Backy. Rotating cast of shootout characters.

  • Sarah

    Yeah that was pretty bad.

  • Graham Dumas

    It was… awesomely bad. In like, a great way. Like a Motley Cru video on mute.

  • Sarah

    I strive for greatness. If it has to be inverse greatness, so be it.

  • Graham Dumas
  • Sarah

    Ah, 1983. I was in training pants, so I missed that one.
    Probably just as well.

  • Graham Dumas

    Yo, I was a year old! (But I had a wicked mullet.) That’s what VH1 is used to be for. Now YouTube.

  • Sarah

    Hmph. Respect your elders by eighteen months or so.

  • Jayleigh

    Oh God, please please please don’t blow Grabo’s resigning, Caps!!!

  • Begemot

    I had to watch that a few times. What a sweet set of moves.