Enjoy the most beautiful goals and saves from last week’s game with the KHL.ru weekly ranking.
We begin our countdown of the ten best goals with Alexei Yemelin. The defenseman isn’t one of the League’s top scorer, yet as he seen that Barys wouldn’t close him on the blue line, he had all the time in the world to unleash a lethal wrist shot to set Avangard up by one in the Sunday’s game in Balashikha. Next is Patrik Lamper and his game-winning, OT goal against Avangard with a nice, swift move on Alexei Murygin’s stick side. Eight place for Maxim Shalunov’s sumptuous pause in front of Alexander Yeryomenko before scoring a huge goal in the Moscow derby. The Alexander Semin – Miro Aaltonen duo gets the seventh place with a nice combination in the offensive zone as the Russian forward takes the attention of the defense on himself to allow his line mate to score an easy goal on HC Sochi’s Konstantin Barulin. The sixth place goes to Khabarovsk as Danil Faizullin dribbles his way before going top shelf on Traktor’s Alexander Sudnitsin.
Pavel Datsyuk reaches the fifth place showing his soft hands against Severstal Cherepovets, leaving no chance to the defensemen and the goalie with excellent use of the behind-the-goal area. Jiri Sekac climbs to the fourth position with a powerful, yet exceptionally accurate diagonal pass to Justin Azevedo to score the 1-0 goal against HC Sochi. Other great passes made up the third and the second place in our weekly rankings as first Maxim Mayorov and Dmitry Kugryshev conjure up a memorable counterattack against Avangard, then Mikhail Grigorenko gives a sweet one-touch, smart pass to Kirill Kaprizov for another nice-looking goal against HC Dynamo Moscow. The gold medal goes to Traktor’s young forward Marsel Sholokhov and his fantastic solo effort against Amur Khabarovsk. Great stuff indeed!
Tenth place for Vityaz’s Joni Ortio, who stops his fellow countryman Jyrki Jokipakka with a big elbow save. The Finn goalie also received the bronze medal this week with his blocker save against Jokerit. Eight place for HC Dynamo’s goalie Ivan Bocharov, who effectively read the game and closed the space on his left post not allowing Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod to score. Mat Maione is having a phenomenal season, but this time he couldn’t beat Henrik Karlsson, even after the goalie gave him a big rebound in last week’s game in Astana.
The fifth place is taken by Konstantin Barulin, with a monumental save on Alexander Semin launched on a breakaway. Kristers Gudlevskis had his first shutout in the current season against Admiral Vladivostok, and one of his saves during the game ended up being the fourth-best save of last week. What about having two saves, collide with a forward, and then save a blue-line shot again? Nothing is impossible for Avangard’s Igor Bobkov, who conquered the second place with this sequence. But what our weekly rankings would be without saves by Kunlun’s goalies? In top spot is Alexander Lazushin with an incredibly fast glove save on a short-range shot by Michal Repik.