Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring the swift hands of Gilbert Brule, the agility of Anton Krasotkin, and the sheer power of Oleg Pogorishny – the KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from last week's action in the tenth Championship.
In Neftekhimik's emphatic home win over Slovan, Nikita Filatov, Dan Sexton and Robin Hanzl combined to produce a goal we believe deserves to start our top ten of the week. Slovan was again the victim when young Danila Karaban of Dinamo Minsk grabbed his first goal in the KHL. At number eight is Amur top scorer Alexei Byvaltsev with a vital goal and spectacular strike against Kunlun Red Star, followed by Vladimir Tkachyov of Ak Bars scoring with a tennis-style forehand in the game with CSKA, and Spartak's home-grown hero Alexander Khokhlachyov against Dinamo Riga, lurking at the far post to take advantage of a sublime pass from Kirill Koltsov.
Into the top five goals of the week, starting with Dynamo Moscow's Martins Karsums, scoring in the Muscovites' hard-fought triumph over SKA. Another wonderful assist gave us our fourth-placed strike, with Jokerit's John Norman setting up Pekka Jormakka against Dinamo Riga, although it was not enough to prevent the Latvians from winning. Bronze medal goes to Metallurg Magnitogorsk pair Denis Kokarev and Evgeny Timkin, with the former providing the pass and the latter supplying the coup-de-grace against Red Star. The men from Kunlun also know how to delight the fans with beautiful goals, and they proved it by taking first and second place in our top ten. The silver-medal goal came from Taylor Beck in the game with Amur, and the best of the best was scored by Gilbert Brule, bedazzling Ilya Samsonov with some deft stick-handling.
Opening the top ten saves is Dominik Furch of Avangard, here denying Traktor's Alexander Rybakov. Ilya Samsonov of Metallurg Magnitogorsk was the victim of our goal of the week, so there is some consolation that he made our list of goalie heroics against the same opponent, Kunlun. At number eight is the man from Kazan, Emil Garipov, foiling a 2-on-1 counter-attack from CSKA, and next is Dinamo Riga's Lithuanian netminder, Mantas Armalis, showing sharp reactions against Jokerit, and the Riga Men were involved in our sixth-finest stop of the week, when Ugra defenseman Niclas Burstrom came to the rescue.
Juha Metsola of Amur showed “courage under fire” when he saved his team in the match against Kunlun Red Star and cracked four of his own teeth in the resulting collision, while the Chinese Dragons' goalie, Magnus Hellberg, managed to thwart Barys despite falling to the ice. In third place is Igor Shestyorkin of SKA in the game with Dynamo Moscow, emerging victorious in a duel with Alexei Sopin, and runner-up is Dinamo Minsk's Mikhail Karnaukhov, who kept his cool when facing down a 2-on-0 break from Slovan, It takes a great effort to be better than all these, and it came from Lada goaltender Anton Krasotkin, who performed some acrobatic splits to break Sibir's hearts.
We start our “hit parade” with Dmitry Korobov of Dinamo Minsk testing the boards in the match against Slovan, and then Jesper Jensen from Jokerit, on patrol behind the goal against Dinamo Riga – in fact, our top five hits all involve the Riga Men. The Latvians were the opposition when Kirill Belyayev produced a “warm welcome” for Rihards Bukarts which we deemed worthy of fourth place, and yet again when Gints Meija was the recipient of our bronze-medal hit at the hands of Jokerit's Sami Lepisto. For our second-best, at last, the Riga Men were dishing it out and not receiving - Georgijs Pujacs giving the Jokerit guys a taste of their own medicine, but for our Hit of the Week we turn to Ugra's Oleg Pogorishny, who made the perimeter glass wobble with a mighty challenge on – once again - Rihards Bukarts of Dinamo Riga.