Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Svedberg, and Andrei Zubarev. The KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from the tenth week of the championship.
Top 10 Goals: Dazzled by Datsyuk
Technique, sublime skating and great vision from Salavat Yulaev’s Enver Lisin combined to create this classy strike against Sibir. Lisin’s elegant charge around the Novosibirsk zone turned the defensemen into spectators, and then his pinpoint pass set up Igor Makarov who coolly and calmly threaded his shot through a forest of legs and into the net. Deserved plaudits for both players, and their goal takes third place in our countdown.
When Ak Bars forward Vladimir Tkachyov received the puck out by the boards, he also attracted the close attention of two Yugra D-men. Time to retreat? Not for Tkachyov. He broke free of his unwanted escort, surged across the ice, got within shooting range and deftly backhanded the puck past the stranded goalie. Superb, but still only number two on our list.
The Magic Man is up to his old tricks! SKA star Pavel Datsyuk had not scored for 8 successive games, and there was little sign of his snapping the dry spell when he embarked on a foray behind the Medvescak goal. He emerged the other side, approached the face-off spot and seemed to be searching for a team mate, but then whipped a lightning backhanded strike which soared high into the net before the goalie even had a chance to move. A real rocket, and as old-timers would say: one for the scrapbook.
Top 10 Saves: Svedberg forces a smile from Zakharov
Slovan Bratislava’s fans must have had that familiar sinking feeling when the team is trying to kill a penalty and an unguarded opponent, in this case SKA Defenseman Yegor Yakovlev, is lurking by the goal and receives a fortuitous ricochet. However, Barry Brust was alive to the danger and somehow got a glove to the puck, thus taking third place in our saves of the week listing.
The men from Dynamo Moscow could have been celebrating one of the top ten goals of the week with this beautiful combination of slick, accurate passing finished off with a low one-timer, but Dinamo Riga’s Jakub Sedlacek had other ideas and showed great agility to drop to the ice, block off the low road to goal and let his glove do the rest.
Salavat Yulaev goaltender Niklas Svedberg was sent on to the ice during the match with Avangard and soon found himself facing a two-on-one break. Denis Parshin and Yegor Martynov exchanged passes to leave the former facing an empty net. At least, it was empty when Parshin took his shot, but in the blink of an eye, Svedberg’s glove miraculously appeared and deflected the puck to safety. Parshin was left holding his head in shock, while Ufa head coach Igor Zakharkin even permitted himself a rare smile. The save of the week, without question.
Top 10 Hits: Zubarev’s breakthrough
Spartak Forward Ryan Stoa is not only adept at scoring goals. He is also a fearsome competitor in physical duels on the opponents’ blue line, as a Torpedo player found out to his cost this week. Simple, effective, and third place on our list. Second prize goes to Riga Dinamo forward Tim Sestito, who spotted a Vityaz player making a break by the Latvians’ bench and emphatically expressed his disapproval, thus leaving his hapless opponent lying on the deck. However, first place in our firm-but-fair compilation this week goes to SKA Defenseman Andrey Zubarev, who greeted a Slovan player with such force that he broke through the stick, which had been deployed as a makeshift shield against Zubarev’s challenge.