Evgeny Rymarev never even saw him coming. Of course, he wasn’t watching for the linesman.
The Barys Astana winger carried the puck into the zone before being dropped along the boards by veteran linesman Evgeny Pronskikh. Despite Rymarev’s stickhandling, he just couldn’t beat the zebra.
No call was made on their fellow official by referees Konstantin Olenin and Sergei Kulakov.
As Rymarev slid into the corner, he looked back, presumably to get the license plate of the bus that had just run him over. As far as Rymarev’s night goes, it didn’t get any better. He finished the game with no goals and no assists, but did manage to end up on the receiving end of one of the biggest hits of the night.
Barys lost the game to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4-3, falling to 1-4 on the season – worst in the KHL’s Eastern conference and second-worst in the league, behind only Dynamo Riga.
Here’s the full play, via KHL.ru:
Pronskikh, 30, is officiating his ninth season in the KHL. He’s worked 233 regular season games and four playoff games, as well as six Nadezhda Cup games in 2013 and 2014.
When it comes to officials’ hits on players, though, Pronskikh has some tough competition from NCAA referee Chip McDonald, whose post-goal elbow laid out North Dakota’s Drake Caggiula.