Pushy picking it up

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Prior to Wednesday's double overtime win, Konstantin Pushkarev's most memorable WHL playoff moment had been botching a two-on-zero scoring chance.

But the flashy Calgary Hitmen import from Kazakhstan finally found the scoresheet against the Lethbridge Hurricanes in that 3-2 extra-time victory.

It was a powerplay goal at 7:29 of the third period that evened the score at 2-2, vaulting the Hitmen into overtime.

Then, in the first extra frame, the 20-year-old clanged a shot off the post as the crowd of 17,039 groaned.

Until then, it'd been Pushkarev groaning as he was bounced around by the Hurricanes like a bumper car on a midway ride.

But the sniper, who was second in Hitmen scoring this season with 52 points, knows goals will still remain hard to come by as the series resumes tonight in Lethbridge for Game 5.

"I know we must win. It doesn't matter if I score, if I don't score. If I score, it's good and I can help,"said Pushkarev.

"But I'll try to work hard and score a goal."

The 6-ft. 1-in. winger -- who can frustrate or dazzle a coach like no other -- has been as effective as a dead battery through the series.

He's tried to show some of the brilliant moves he dazzled with during the regular season but nothing's worked.

In the aforementioned two-on-zero chance in Game 3, all he had to do was either shoot from the right slot or feed a pass to linemate Tyrel Lucas, who was parked at the side of the net.

In the end, Pushkarev did neither as the 'Canes got back and took him off the puck, just like they've done all series long.

"I wanted to wait and then make the pass," said Pushkarev, a 2003 draft pick of the L.A. Kings. "It was unlucky I guess. I waited too long and it didn't work."

Pushkarev's points during the season came in streaks.

Maybe Wednesday night's performance is the spark he needed for this series.


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