The greatest goals and most spectacular saves from the Eastern and Western Conference finals, starring Kirill Kaprizov, Stanislav Galiyev, and Lars Johansson – KHL.ru is proud to bring you the finest moments from the third knockout round of the tenth Championship.
We begin our countdown of the five best goals of the finals with CSKA pair Maxim Shalunov and Nikita Nesterov, with the forward providing a precision pass and the defenseman adding a great finish. Next is a fine combination from the Ak Bars Foreign Legion – even Pavel Francouz was left powerless by Canada's Justin Azevedo and Sweden's Anton Lander. In bronze-medal place is another Swede, SKA's Patrik Hersley, expertly shrugging off a fellow defenseman's attentions and waiting for the perfect moment to unleash the shot.
We head back East for our silver-medal strike, which came from Ak Bars forward Stanislav Galiyev, helping to put the brakes on Traktor's trek through the playoffs, but an even tastier feast for the hockey gourmet gets our gold-medal rating: there was vision, perception, quick-thinking, and of course, skill in abundance in this sublime assist from CSKA's Kirill Kaprizov, setting up fellow youngster Mikhail Grigorenko to supply the killer touch. A goal worthy of any final, anywhere.
In fifth place is Ilya Sorokin of CSKA, showing phenomenal reflexes to foil a close-range effort from fellow Olympic hero Nikita Gusev. Next is Traktor Chelyabinsk netminder Pavel Francouz: the man from the Czech Republic was impressive all through the playoffs, and his victim here was Ak Bars forward Artyom Lukoyanov. In third place is SKA's formidable Finn, Mikko Koskinen, here performing a feat beyond many goalies - getting the better of the man who helped to create our Goal of the Round, Kirill Kaprizov.
In runner-up spot is Emil Garipov of Ak Bars. It was a superb shot from yet another Swede, Traktor's Richard Gynge, and many a goalie would have been happy to merely parry the puck, but Garipov somehow kept hold of it. It would take something special to beat that, and sure enough, it came from one of the revelations of the 2017-18 playoff campaign, CSKA's Lars Johansson. Most of those present were already proclaiming a goal for Pavel Datsyuk, but yet more Swedish sorcery denied the Magic Man.