Top Plays of the Week by Locked-Out NHL Superstars
Over a third of the 2012-13 NHL season has now been lost and an agreement on a new CBA by the end of the year is seeming more and more unlikely. With owners and players still on opposite sides, North American fans have no choice but to watch many of their favorite players take on overseas competition.
Here, we highlight the top plays of the week from our locked-out NHL superstars.
5. Gonchar Misses, but Hits
Metallurg's Sergei Gonchar put way too much sauce on this snap shot, shattering the glass and causing a stoppage in play in the club's matchup with Yugra.
At this point in the NHL lockout, the Ottawa Senators have to miss Gonchar's arena-wrecking snap shots.
4. Tarasenko Puts It Home
SKA St. Petersburg's Vladimir Tarasenko put his club ahead with a calm finish at the net this past week.
The St. Louis Blues star scored his 13th in 18 games with this strike, which comes in at No. 4 on our countdown this week.
3. Gonchar Scores from Way out
Sergei Gonchar took advantage of the lack of pressure on the puck on Metallurg's power play this week, scoring from way out against Barys.
The goal certainly beats Gonchar's glass-shattering snap shot and helped key Metallurg's 5-1 dismantling of Barys on Friday.
2. Malkin's Clutch Goal Ties the Game
Evgeni Malkin positioned himself nicely for this game-tying third-period goal against Yugra. The Metallurg star evened the game at 1-1 before Yugra went on to win it in overtime.
The reigning NHL MVP may hold that title for another season as the ongoing NHL lockout continues to result in the cancellation of games.
1. Backstrom to Ovechkin for the Go-Ahead Goal
Washington Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin teamed up against Severstal this past week for a stellar play that ended with Ovechkin putting Dynamo Moscow ahead 4-3.
Backstrom navigates the boards beautifully before finding Ovechkin for a perfectly timed goal.
Backstrom's brilliance on his 25th birthday earns him top play of the week honors.
Locked-out NHL Leaders Overseas
Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk continued their KHL tear this week, adding to their point totals with goals and assists. Meanwhile in Switzerland's National League, EV Zug's Damien Brunner and Linus Omark continue to fill the stat sheet in a variety of ways.
Another NHL superstar to keep an eye on is EHC Biel's Tyler Seguin. The Boston Bruins center is playing sensational hockey overseas this fall and has endless potential.
*Statistics include NHL players who are playing in the KHL or Switzerland's National League A.
Top Five Point Leaders
|Player||Points||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Damien Brunner||38||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Linus Omark||37||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Evgeni Malkin||33||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Tyler Seguin||32||EHC Biel||Boston Bruins|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||29||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
Top Five Goal Leaders
|Player||Goals||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Tyler Seguin||20||EHC Biel||Boston Bruins|
|Damien Brunner||15||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||11||SKA St. Petersburg||St. Louis Blues|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||11||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|Evgeni Malkin||11||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
Top Five Assist Leaders
|Player||Assists||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Linus Omark||27||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Damien Brunner||23||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Evgeni Malkin||22||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||18||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|Pavel Datsyuk||18||CSKA Moscow||Detroit Red Wings|
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