Again, the game was long over already when he scored, but Kane scored the second goal for Dinamo Minsk with 11:27 to play in the third period to pull Minsk within four goals of the Evgeni Malkin-led Metallurg Magnitogorsk. It wasn't a pretty dangle and it probably won't make too many highlight reels, but Evander Kane's shot from the high slot finally ended his goal-scoring drought.
The final score would be a convincing 7-2 win for Magnitogorsk, but I'll no longer be able to speak of Evander Kane's lack of scoring on a team that needs him to contribute more than penalty minutes.
Also featured in this game was a spectacular case of horrific puck-handling by a goaltender when Pekka Rinne decided to handle the puck like he was poking a dead animal with a stick. In other words, it ended badly.
Rinne didn't get past the fourth Magnitogorsk goal, leaving the paint for Ari Ahonen with the score at 4-1. Some players just have bad nights, and Rinne was certainly making a case for him being human last night. Thankfully, there was no booing and no taunting after that goal... that was caught on camera.
The KHL: where stardom is earned, not given.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!