Today’s inaugural IIHF World Hockey Championship game between Sweden and Russian featured tight checking and big hits, but not a lot of scoring chances. That is, until Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin took to the ice in the shootout to secure victory for Russia.
The Bread Man stared down Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth and sniped through five-hole for the game-winner. It was a move that Blackhawks fans have seen time and time again in Chicago, but now Panarin is getting recognition on the world stage.
How sweet is that? While Hawks fans would surely rather watch Panarin light up the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, they can at least take solace in the fact that he’ll be lighting up the World Championships the entire month of May.