End-to-end goal by Nikolai Demidov, Vladimir Tkachyov’s trickery, Wojtek Wolski’s diving hockey skills and incredible reflexes – KHL.ru is proud to bring you the finest moments from the second week of the regular season.
We begin our countdown of the best ten goals of the second regular-season week with Ak Bars forward Jiri Sekac, who first outskated Canadian defenseman Jesse Blacker, then outsmarted the goalie from close range. But maybe it’s even better when an active role in a goal is played by multiple players, as it was in our ninth place: Dinamo Riga’s line of Kevin Clark, Brandon McMillan, and Matias Myttynen had the best of HC Dynamo’s defense showing perfect chemistry. And what about those four quick passes by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s top powerplay unit to find the ideal spot for Brandon Kozun to score on CSKA’s Ilya Sorokin in the fifth place?
The SKA pair Nikolai Prokhorkin and Alexander Barabanov conjured up our fourth-best strike of the round, while Nikolai Demidov showed that it’s not all wrong in Novosibirsk going end-to-end against Neftekhimik for a true highlight reel goal and a huge individual masterpiece. And yet another individual effort was worthy of the silver medal for this week as Salavat Yulaev’s Vladimir Tkachyov during the latest Green Derby got some room and effectively used it to maneuver in front of Ak Bars goalie Alexander Sharychenkov and beat him with a soft backhander. But for the second week on a row, the gold-medal winner was a great assist as Wojtek Wolski had a phenomenal diving pass to Iiro Pakarinen who just had to beat Vasily Demchenko glove-side to score a goal for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Ural Derby against Traktor Chelyabinsk.
In tenth place is CSKA goalie Ilya Sorokin: Severstal’s forward Carter Ashton had a great chance after outskating a pair of opponents, but his efforts weren’t enough to beat the goalie. Julius Hudacek and Joni Ortio showed some first-class reflexes in last week’s game between Spartak and Vityaz, deservingly ending up in seventh and sixth place, respectively. HC Dynamo’s Alexander Yeryomenko is no stranger to spectacular stops and his huge glove save on Slovan’s Tomas Hrnka deservedly gets on our top-five saves of the week.
The top-four is opened by an incredible save by Magnus Hellberg: after a sumptuous pass from Alexander Khokhlachyov, Ilya Zubov had only to hit the open net, but the forward didn’t fully deal with the huge SKA goalie. Wojtek Wolski could have another play in the top-10 goals of the week after a blistering pass by Sergei Mozyakin, but Igor Bobkov stepped up for Avangard and denied Metallurg a goal with a tremendous blocker save. In second-best spot is Alexander Lazushin from Kunlun Red Star, who first deflected Martins Dzierkals’ shot with the help of the crossbar, then he froze the puck in front of the crease. Lazushin’s effort was spectacular, but it was topped by Janis Kalnins’ incredible stop on SKA’s Andrei Kuzmenko. The Latvian goalie managed to stay calm, read the play and stop his opponent’s attempt with a perfectly-timed glove save, perfectly executed and worthy of the second week’s gold medal.