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How Would You Celebrate Your 1st NHL Goal? Nikolai Knyzhov Wore a Wig



How did Nikolai Knyzhov celebrate his first NHL goal? He put on…a wig?

This is how the 23-year-old defenseman, who scored the game-winning goal in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-2 victory over the Minnesota, came out for his press availability.

In an off-the-cuff moment, the San Jose Sharks rookie quipped, as bystanders laughed, “If I keep my mask on, they may not know who I am.”

As for the goal itself, Knyzhov pointed out: “Great play by Tommy [Hertl] and Karly. I wasn’t even expecting that pass.”

Of course, that was the beauty of Erik Karlsson’s fake shot-pass – it bought the surprising rookie some extra time with the puck.

“Rudy [Balcers] got a pretty good screen there. Far side was open,” the San Jose Sharks blueliner said. “I just shot it and it went in.”

What about the wig? Knyzhov didn’t understand the why, but he gave up the who.

“I don’t know,” he said, laughing. “Tommy told me I have to wear this. I don’t have a choice here.”

This was something that Knyzhov was happy to get forced into: “It was nice to get the monkey off my back. Even better, to get the win with the boys.”

Hertl Reveals Secret Behind Knyzhov’s Wig

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Gary To

That’s so awesome! Good for the kid! And good for Hertl on creating that fun environment !

david barnard

fun must be…always!

david barnard

liking this kid.


Congrats for his first goal. He is so solid for a rookie. We have some hope with our youngsters showing talent. Too bad Meier is not producing. I wonder what Meier’s trade value is? Ferraro, Knyzhov, Leonard, Balcers and Donato. A nice group of young studs. Great to see EK65 finally showing that elite talent we have been waiting for. Great to see Jones playing with confidence. There might be hope for us sooner rather than later. The played like a fired up team last night. Playoffs are not realistic, but hopefully we can finish the season playing well.

david barnard

i wouldn’t trade Timo now. his 10M doesn’t kick in until after next season. he has time to turn things around and become a more consistent top F.

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Pat Nye

what if that’s his real hair?



Winning brings fun and good times. Keep it going!!

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