Maxim Sushinsky has already scored two goals this season for his new club, Salavat Yulaev, and his strike against Metallurg Novokuznetsk on September 26th was number 334 of his career, which began back in 1992 and includes spells with SKA Saint Petersburg, Avangard Omsk and Dynamo Moscow.

Sushinsky, nicknamed the Su-33 after the famous Sukhoi jet fighter, now climbs up to 8th place in the list of all-time top scorers in Russian hockey, overtaking Helmuts Balderis, the star of Dinamo Riga and CSKA during the 1980s.

Sushinsky can now set his sights on the next target, the 339 goals scored from 1964 to 1980 by Spartak and USSR forward Alexander Yakushev, who made his name in the west when he was the top scoring player in the famous USSR vs. NHL Summit Series of 1972.


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