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Alexander Radulov might have cancelled his ticket back to the NHL

Russia's Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk celebrate a second goal against Canada during their quarter-final match at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Bratislava


The next time you roll your eyes at the antics of Brad Marchand or Alex Burrows, just remember Alexander Radulov.

What he did in a recent KHL game in Russia was either one of the worst things a player has ever done to his coach during a game or some kind of involuntary muscle spasm.

Check out the video. Radulov is sitting on the bench for Ufa Salavat Yulaev. All of a sudden he turns and delivers a blade-slap with his stick on the face of his head coach, a very startled white-haired man identified as Ilari Nackel.

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Then Radulov, the former Nashville Predators' first-round pick, waves his left hand as if to say, "Yeah, that was me." And everybody carries on as if nothing happened. Most peculiar, comrade.

If Radulov was looking for a ticket back to the NHL, he may have just cancelled it. Although wildly talented – he had 26 goals with the Predators before signing with Ufa in 2008 – Radulov has always been thought of as a bit off the mark emotionally.

When you watch the video, try and imagine if Radulov was a New York Ranger and did that to John Tortorella. Now that would be something to see.

No word yet on whether Radulov was disciplined or even sorry for what happened.

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