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Top Plays of the Week by Locked-Out NHL Superstars

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

Top Plays of the Week by Locked-Out NHL Superstars

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    The NHL has announced the cancellation of regular season games through mid-December, as well as the cancellation of the January All-Star Game, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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