Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring Igor Ozhiganov, Viktor Fasth, and Igor Makarov – the KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from the eleventh week of the Championship.
He gathers the puck behind the red line, surges into the opposition zone, passes one defenseman, then another, before confidently stroking the puck into the corner of the net. A goal that would delight any top-class forward, only this was scored by CSKA’s 24-year-old D-man, Igor Ozhiganov. Our goal of the week, without question.
A great combination deserves a fine finish, and that is precisely what happened here: Two beautifully disguised passes followed by an emphatic and accurate strike from Jokerit’s Sakari Salminen, and this is our runner-up for week 11. Third place goes to Torpedo forward Kirill Rasskazov, who proved that Pavel Datsyuk, our week 10 winner, is not the only one who can score a beautiful backhanded goal. Kirill seemed to be searching for a team mate while under pressure, but in an instant the puck had sailed past the startled Sibir goaltender high into the net.
CSKA’s Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth produced a string of saves during a dramatic and extended spell of defending against Vityaz. It is far from easy to choose the best of them, but we decided his combined exploits take this week’s top prize Vityaz’s Finnish netminder Harri Sateri denied the Petersburg Army Men with a superb double save. We believe the first was good, but the second – the reaction stop with his right leg – was superb, and earns him second spot in our ranking.
The same game produced the third in our top trio of saves, but this time it was the turn of the Vityaz forwards to be thwarted by a reflex save from close range. Take a bow, Igor Shestyorkin of SKA, whose quick thinking and movement prevented what seemed a certain goal.
First place this week goes to Salavat Yulaev attacker Igor Makarov for this bone-crunching challenge on Lada’s Alexander Bumagin. The Togliatti man had encroached a yard or two into Ufa territory, but Makarov’s hit caused him to take a short airborne trip back over the red line.
Few would fancy getting in the way of Dinamo Riga forward Vitalijs Pavlovs, particularly after this well-timed interception which propelled Admiral’s Samvel Mnatsyan into the boards with enough force to knock a panel out of the perimeter fence. Vitalijs takes the runner-up spot in week 11’s listings.
Third prize goes to Avangard’s Pyotr Khokhryakov. The forward has only recently returned to the full roster following an injury, but the enforced layoff has done little to inhibit his play. He is already scoring freely and eager to test his own fitness in physical duals, as Spartak’s Lukas Radil found to his cost. Pyotr’s forceful intervention here led to a goal for the Omsk men.