Great goals, spectacular saves and the hardest hits, starring Teemu Ramstedt, Juha Metsola, and Martins Karsums – the KHL is proud to bring you the best moments from the twenty-first week of the Championship.
Third prize goes to young Lokomotiv forward Alexander Kadeikin, who took possession in his own zone, shrugged off the attentions of two Lada D-men, bore down on goal and beat the Togliatti netminder with some aplomb.
Our runner-up is Andrei Altybarmakyan’s sublime game-winner for the Chernyshev Division in the All-Star Game Grand Final. He collected the puck with his back to goal, calmly reversed across the slot and sent a deft backhand past a bemused Ilya Sorokin. Unforgettable.
Following two great individual strikes, first prize goes to a superb team effort by Amur at home to Jokerit. A lethal finish from the Finn, Teemu Ramstedt, to crown a superb combination. A coach’s dream, and the finest goal of week 21.
The All-Star Game should be a torrid time for defenses, but young Ilya Sorokin managed to steal some limelight for the goalies. He was tending the Team Tarasov net when Pavel Datsyuk switched into magician mode and produced a sensational pass which handed Vyacheslav Voynov an open goal. Sorokin had not read the script, however, and thwarted the defenseman with an acrobatic stop. Our bronze medal save.
Silver goes to Dinamo Riga’s Jakub Sedlacek, and this was another occasion when a goal seemed certain. The victim, Red Star Kunlun danger man Chad Rau, did little wrong: open goal, ready-aim-fire, but the Czech came to his team’s rescue with a lightning-quick 180-degree turn.
Jokerit forward Tommi Huhtala found himself in a one-on-one duel with Amur netminder Juha Metsola, and must have been heartbroken to be denied by this devastating double save from his fellow Finn. Maybe national pride soothed his anguish. Not for the first time this year, our gold goes to Metsola for a save that has to be seen to be believed.
It was brave of CSKA’s 22-year-old defenseman Artyom Blazhiyevsky to resort to physical force to try and block a break by Dynamo Moscow’s Martins Karsums. Unfortunately, he came off second best in the collision and our third place goes to the tough Latvian forward. More on him later.
In second place is yet another highlight from the Amur – Jokerit match in Khabarovsk. The Helsinki men’s Danish defenseman, Oliver Lauridsen, saw danger in the shape of our goal-of-the-week winner Teemu Ramstedt and brought some brief relief to his team by propelling the Finn back toward the players’ bench.
Our hit of the week, however, is yet another forceful intervention from Martins Karsums - a glorious shoulder-to-shoulder encounter which sent young Ak Bars defenseman Albert Yarullin bouncing back off the boards.