Over in the KHL, Avangard Omsk and Barys Astana are in the midst of a a hard-fought first-round playoff series in the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. In game 4, Avangard Omsk head coach Raimo Summanen took issue with a missed penalty call. Rather than just voice his complaints, he offered to provide a demonstration to referee Mikhail Buturlin.
Summanen was off to a bad start with the refs. He was upset after a delaying the game penalty called against Omsk goaltender Dennis Kostin for covering the puck outside of the crease, followed by an interference penalty shortly after that put his team down two men.
This isn’t the first time Summanen has lost his temper.
A few years back, he challenged Jaromir Jagr – his own player – to a post-game fight. Earlier this season, he went after Moscow Dynamo head coach Harijs Vitolins in the hallway, hoping to sort out their disagreement with ‘words that could not be published‘ and with fists. Summanen was fined 300,000 rubles (about $5,000 USD) for the incident:
Avangard managed to hang on for a 4-3 victory, squaring up the playoff series at two games apiece. Referees for the game were Mikhail Buturlin (#23) and Viktor Gashilov (#30). Linesmen were Dmitry Parfyonov (#62) and Viktor Tomilov (#50).