Flashback: The first goal Detroit's Russian Five scored as a line
A random flashback: the first goal the Red Wings Russian Five scored in an NHL game.
On Thursday we passed along the news that the Detroit Red Wings will be having a reunion of their famed Russian Five line (well, four of them anyway) at the Winter Classic alumni celebration in December. The line, of course, was the first time any team used five Russian players on the ice at the same time in an NHL game, and coach Scotty Bowman first rolled them out together on October 27, 1995, during a game in Calgary.
The Red Wings went on to win the game, 3-0, with the line scoring two goals and combining for 15 of the team's 25 shots that night. The Flames, as an entire team, only had eight shots on goal which is still an all-time low for the franchise.
They were dominating teams right from the start.
One goal came from Slava Kozlov, the other from Igor Larionov. The first goal belonged to Kozlov, the youngest member of the group, and because he's still actively playing in the KHL the only one not committed to the Winter Classic.
Thanks to the powers of the Internet and YouTube, you can watch that goal again right now...
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