Omsk’s Alexander Perezhogin may have gotten away with one in the KHL. In the first period of a game against Sibir, Perezhogin levelled Viktor Bobrov, leaving him down and clutching his head. Perezhogin’s hit was from the blind side and he left his feet to deliver it, but there was no call on the play.
The KHL has seen its fair share of borderline hits this season, and there was another this past week. In a contest between Sibir Novosibirsk and Avangard Omsk, former Montreal Canadien Alexander Perezhogin, now with Omsk, blew up Sibir’s Viktor Bobrov with a questionable hit.
The shot came just past the midway mark of the first period on a breakout. A puck had been tipped to Bobrov, but didn’t lead him well enough for him to be able to keep his head up. Bobrov looked down to corral the puck that was near his feet and before he could get his head up, Bobrov was flattened by Perezhogin:
Watch the 30-second mark of the video. Perezhogin left his feet before he threw the hit. Were this the NHL he would have earned a charging penalty at the very least. No penalty was called on the play, but getting away with one didn’t stop Perezhogin from throwing questionable hits. In the second period, he was slapped with a checking to the head minor and given a 10-minute misconduct.
Perezhogin never really found his stride in the NHL. A first-round pick, 25th overall, of the Canadiens in 2001, Perezhogin spent two years in the AHL and two in Montreal before heading for the then-Russian Super League in 2007-08. Perezhogin, 32, has played for Avangard for the five seasons.
Most North American fans will remember Perezhogin for an infamous stick-swinging incident in the AHL. During a playoff game, Perezhogin swung his stick wildly at defenseman Garrett Stafford. Perezhogin was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the playoffs and the entire 2004-05 AHL season, which he played in Omsk.