Big-league thrill for tri-city stopper

SCOTT FISHER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

It's been quite a month for goaltender Alexander Pechurskiy. He came to Canada in December looking to crack Russia's world junior roster.

When that didn't happen, he joined the Tri-City Americans and promptly went 4-1-1 with a pair of shutouts.

He helped the Americans beat the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night. The next night, he turned pro. With the Pittsburgh Penguins desperate for help between the pipes after their top two 'tenders got hurt, Pechurskiy signed a one-game contract.

John Curry got the start in Vancouver but was yanked after surrendering five goals on 14 shots. Pechurskiy made 12 stops on 13 shots and was named the game's third star. With the help of d-man/translator Sergei Gonchar, Pechurskiy said, "It's like a dream come true ... playing in the NHL."

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