Nikolay Zherdev Score A Gorgeous Goal For The KHL’s Atlant Moscow (Video)

Nikolay Zherdev beautiful goal through the legs

Yesterday we showed you a ridiculous goal that soccer fan Pavel Datsyuk scored using his head, and we told you that just because there’s no NHL, that won’t mean the end of hockey highlights.

Well, as promised, today we have yet another great highlight from the KHL. This time it’s a goal by the enigmatic Nikolay Zherdev.

I say enigmatic, of course, because Zherdev was never really able to reach his full potential in the NHL. The guy scored 27 goals for Columbus in just his second full NHL season back in 2005-06, and from that point on he became a bit of a prima donna, demanding higher salaries than he had really earned and using his willingness to go back to Russia and play in the KHL as leverage. Still, he did end up playing four more seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets, Rangers, and Flyers, scoring 115 goals in 421 total games.

However, after playing for the Flyers team that imploded in 2010-11, Zherdev decided to take his talents back to Russia and play for Atlant Moscow Oblast. And yesteday, with Atlant facing Spartak, Zherdev scored a truly gorgeous goal—stealing the puck at center ice from Spartak defenceman Denis Bodrov, racing back into the offensive zone, slicing past two defenders with a nifty through the legs move, and putting a backhander past Carolina Hurricanes backup netminder Mike Murphy.

Check it out:

Pretty smooth stuff, wouldn’t you say?

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