Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring Evgeny Dadonov, Danny Taylor, and Tuukka Mantyla – the KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from the fourteenth week of the Championship.
Top 10 Goals: Dadonov’s Deadly Strike
At number three in our ranking is a great solo effort from Admiral’s Robert Sabolic. The Slovenian forward swept past several Avtomobilist men before beating the ‘keeper with a crafty feint and a deft backhand finish from a tight angle. The runner-up for Week 14 is Jokerit forward Jesse Joensuu, who received such an inviting pass from behind the goal that a shot seemed imminent. Instead, Joensuu waited for the Magnitogorsk goalie to move and then swiftly made space for a clinical finish.
The winner is a beautiful combination of athleticism, timing and skill from SKA forward Evgeny Dadonov. When a team-mate dumped the puck in the Red Star Kunlun zone, Dadonov spotted the trajectory before anyone else and outpaced the entire Beijing team to find himself one-on-one with the goalie, whom he promptly danced around to score. A work of art and a must-see.
Top 10 Saves: Taylor's Terrific Stop
Salavat Yulaev netminder Niklas Svedberg claimed our Save of the Week accolade back in early November, and the super Swede returns to the rankings to take third prize with this impressive double save at close range to foil young Dinamo Minsk forward Artur Gavrus.
Jokerit goaltender Riku Helenius occupies second spot in our saviors of the last seven days with a magnificent reaction stop. Magnitka forward Dmitry Kazionov was put through in a one-on-one and did little wrong, gracefully skating around the stranded goalie to tap into an empty net, but the Finn stuck a hind leg in the way. Pure instinct and perfect timing.
We can heap similar praise, only more so, on this week’s winner, Sibir goalie Danny Taylor. Another spectacular reflex stop to thwart what seemed a certain goal, only this time with the glove. The victim, Medvescak forward Nathan Perkovich, must still be wondering how the Canadian kept him off the scoreboard.
Top 10 Hits: Mäntylä’s Monster Hit
Neftekhimik forward Gilbert Brule’s run was checked with such force by young Spartak defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko that the Canadian spent some time in mid-air before crashing to the ice. Bronze medal to the 22-year-old. A similar, but even more powerful challenge earned our Week 14 silver medal. Amur defenseman Jan Kolar was in no mood to allow SKA forward Jarno Koskiranta into the Khabarovsk men’s zone, and the flying Finn was soon bouncing off the Czech.
The gold goes to Koskiranta’s compatriot, Red Star Kunlun defenseman Tuukka Mantyla, for his forceful ambush of Severstal forward Alexander Avtsin. This one was certainly better to watch than to feel – see for yourselves!