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First KHL goals for Postma and Rasmussen, a fantastic Malykhin-to-Tkachyov combination, Philip Holm delivers an unbelievable pass, Vitasek saves Kunlun Red Star’s net – KHL.ru is proud to bring you the finest moments from the first week of the regular season.
We begin our countdown of the best ten goals of the first regular-season week with Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Dennis Rasmussen, whose great backhand gifted him his first goal in the KHL. Next in line is a deadly combination of the Streltsov brothers. Their teammate Kirill Dyakov simply had to put the puck in the open net to score for Admiral.
Fresh SKA newcomer Nail Yakupov got to the top-five with his fancy moves and a great shot in his first game in the season. The first four places join some aesthetics for fans of great passes. Exceptional chemistry was put in place by Linus Omark and Joonas Kemppainen, Pavel Makarenko and Yury Sergiyenko. Next is a fine combination from Ak Bars’ dynamic duo: Fyodor Malykhin fooled Vityaz defense from the Gretzky’s Office to feed Vladimir Tkachyov, all alone in front of the net and free to score his first of the season. But our gold-medal winner for the week is an even more exceptional assist from Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod defenseman Philip Holm, unleashing a sublime and unexpected long-range pass to forward Denis Parshin, who then got on a breakaway to stun SKA St. Petersburg for a memorable win. Vision, speed, quick thinking, skills – this goal had it all.
In tenth place is Latvian netminder Kristers Gudlevskis, who showed world-class reflexes denying any open space to Severstal forward Matej Stransky. Veteran goalies Alexander Yeryomenko, Vasily Koshechkin and Jakub Kovar demonstrated that they had their homework this summer to start the season in perfect shape. In fourth place is another Dinamo Riga player – defenseman Matthew Maione – who kept his cool and blocked in style a shot by Maksim Matushkin after Sergei Mozyakin hit the post and got Gudlevskis out of position.
We move East as another defenseman – Kunlun Red Star’s Slovak Ondrej Vitasek – was worthy of the bronze medal with his breathtaking save right on the goal line after a shot by HC Sochi’s Alexander Polunin was not correctly stopped by goalie Ivan Nalimov. The Russian netminder had, however, a good chance to redeem himself against Metallurg Magnitogorsk – and he did it with a monstrous save on no less than KHL record-holder Sergei Mozyakin. But the absolute best in the regular season’s first week is Slovan’s Marek Ciliak. In the home game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the goalie kept his team alive as he first got a good shake from Yegor Averin’s skate, then he recovered right in time a few seconds later to have a perfect dive save denying Danil Yurtaikin’s consequent attempt from the left side.