Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring Jonas Enlund, Dmitry Shikin and Evgeny Artyukhin – the KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from the third week of the tenth Championship.
Vityaz forward Alexei Kopeikin kick-starts our Top Ten goals, sharply turning and shooting before the defense had time to react, and he is followed by Avtomobilist's Canadian Dwight King, calmly pushing home a rebound from his own shot. We have a Dinamo Riga double act, with Miks Indrasis providing Lauris Darzins with a pass too good to waste, and next is a smart three-man combination from Vityaz, with Roman Horak supplying the finishing touch. And at number six is a deft, close range strike by Lada's Nikita Filatov, courtesy of Alexei Mastryukov's magnificent pass.
Into the Top 5, starting with Avtomobilist forward Evgeny Chesalin's deft back-handed shot from a tight angle against Spartak, finishing off a slick three-man combination in which every touch was a back-hander. Jokerit's Pekka Jormakka produced a perfectly timed pass to find his fellow forward Olli Palola, who confidently sent Ilya Proskuryakov the wrong way before tapping into the empty net. The third-placed goal came from the Kazan-Ufa “Green Derby,” and featured the undisputed Assist of the Week by Ak Bars forward Stanislav Galiyev, who showed strength, patience and great skill to send a one-handed pass to set up Vladimir Tkachyov with an easy finish. In runner-up spot is Dinamo Minsk's main danger man, Quinton Howden, with a mini-masterclass in winning a 1-on-1 duel with the goalie in the match against Amur, but the week's finest goal is from Sibir's Finnish forward Jonas Enlund, swerving and surging the length of the ice before leaving Barys goalie Henrik Karlsson with no chance.
We open our Top Ten clips of goaltending exploits this week with Amur's Evgeny Alikin, stopping a Slovan shot and saving the rebound. Next is Salavat Yulaev's Ben Scrivens providing another highlight of the Green Derby, emerging victorious in a one-on-one duel with Vladimir Tkachyov. In the match-up with Magnitogorsk, Torpedo's Ivan Lisutin showed he was alert to Jan Kovar's crafty pass from behind the net, while at Number 7 is Avangard's Oleg Shilin, keeping his goal intact with an elegant glove save to thwart a two-on-one break by Jokerit. Avtomobilist's Evgeny Chesalin scored our fifth finest goal of the week, but in the game against Dinamo Riga, his scorching slap shot was still not good enough to get past Mantas Armalis.
Emil Garipov of Ak Bars begins the Top 5 with a close-range stop against Barys, and at Number 4 we have last week's winner, HC Sochi's Dmitry Shikin, this time triumphing in a duel with CSKA's Sergei Shumakov. Stay tuned, Sochi fans, as there will be more on Shikin later. Igor Saprykin of Vityaz also makes a return to the Top 10, showing superb stick control to foil a raid by Dynamo Moscow. In second place is Dinamo Minsk's Jhonas Enroth, who unwittingly gave away possession but recovered in time to courageously fling his body in the path of the resulting shot, but the Save of the Week, for the second week running, came from Dmitry Shikin of Sochi, combining athleticism agility, and speed of thought to make a spectacular point-blank glove stop to deny Neftekhimik.
Shikin was not the only Sochi player to present a problem to Sergei Shumakov; Adam Polasek put a sharp stop to the Army Man's foray into hostile territory, and thus claimed 10th spot in our Hits of the Week. Next we have forceful interventions from Avtomobilist's Nikita Tryamkin, patrolling the blue line against Dinamo Riga, then Maxim Berezin of Avangard, persuading Dinamo Minsk's Artur Gavrus to stay in his own half, and then the scorer of our tenth-best goal of the week, Vityaz forward Alexei Kopeikin, successfully ambushing Daniil Tarasov by the boards. At Number 6 is a former winner in this category, Jan Kolar of Amur, who clearly thought that Lokomotiv's Staffan Kronwall would like a spell on the bench, followed by Lada's Denis Zernov, mercilessly using Oleg Yashin to test the strength of the boards. Nikita Tryamkin makes his second appearance in this week's rankings, claiming fourth spot by sending Spartak's Artyom Podshendyalov crashing to the ice, followed by our bronze-medal hit: Amur forward Oleg Li plowing through Vladimir Denisov, who had bravely tried to block his foray behind the goal. Silver goes to CSKA's Mikhail Pashnin, with a well-timed check to stop Admiral's Martin St.Pierre from scoring, but our gold-medal hit was from Dynamo Moscow's Evgeny Artyukhin with a shuddering, Terminator-strength check on Vityaz defenseman Stanislav Romanov.