To most North American fans, the KHL is a strange league in a far off land that most of us don't quite understand. What went down at the KHL's All-Star skills competition earlier today will do nothing to change that.
During the shootout portion of the event, former NHLer Miroslav Satan (yes, the former Sabres forward is still playing), had his turn to shoot on Ak Bars Kazan goalie Konstantin Barulin.
All appeared normal, or as normal as a skills competition shootout could look, as Satan skated in for the KHL's version of a slam dunk competition. He made a few moves without much resistance from Barulin and scored an easy goal. For Satan's next attempt, however, I can only explain what Barulin did as “Hulking up.”
The goaltender removed his jersey to reveal he was wearing a full muscle suit.
Barulin, ever the showman, flexed to the delight of the crowd. He put his helmet and gloves back on and then Satan came back for another attempt. Again, Satan scored with ease, proving that bigger is not always better.
Here's a better look at Barulin from Dmitry Chesnokov.
Could this jersey from the KHL All Star Game be considered a jersey foul? Oh, and the tuck in rule... pic.twitter.com/uxj4v7g3Hi— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) January 11, 2014
I can't really wrap my head around what happened there. The only explanation I keep coming back to is, “Well, Russia.”