Another week of hockey is in the books, and another handful of top plays have been made out on the ice.
Sure, the NHL lockout is still going strong, but things are improving.
The good news: The league and the players' association have restarted talks regarding a new CBA. The bad news: We still don't have NHL hockey.
With pressure mounting to get a deal done, though, both sides are expected to resume talks this coming week, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com. But regardless of what happens behind closed doors, at least we can take in the best the NHL's stars have to offer overseas.
Here, we highlight the top plays of the week from our locked-out NHL superstars.
Tyler Seguin is one of the best hockey players on the planet, and he's only 20 years old.
The Boston Bruins' center was key in EHC Biel's 5-4 victory over Lugano this past week, netting a crucial goal that would ignite his club to a win after scoring three unanswered goals to end the game.
Pavel Datsyuk is renowned for his unselfish play and ability to set up teammates. Well, on this perfectly timed assist against Torpedo, the CSKA Moscow star delivered a flawless pass at the ideal moment.
He would finish the game with three assists.
Patrick Kane has a knack for always making the right play out on the ice, and it was on display during EHC Biel's matchup with Lugano this past week, when he redirected a shot from teammate Clarence Kparghai past the goalie and into the net.
A little lucky? Sure. But still impressive? You bet.
SC Bern superstar John Tavares put his club up 2-0 on Geneve-Servette thanks to some amazing individual effort.
Tavares loops around the net, twists to shake off the defender and then launches a shot right past the goalie. It doesn't get much better than that when it comes to doing it yourself.
Alexander Ovechkin put Dynamo Moscow on his back against Donbass, recording his first hat trick in the 4-2 victory.
The first goal was excellent, but the second was without question the most impressive, as Ovi netted it while off balance from way out at the blue line.
New York Islanders center John Tavares has come on strong for Swiss club SC Bern this season, and has climbed into the top five in all three major categories after incredible play over the past couple of weeks. He has plenty of work to do, though, if he is to catch up with EV Zug's talented pair of Damien Brunner and Linus Omark.
Meanwhile, reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin continues to set the KHL on fire as a lethal offensive playmaker. He has 41 total points through his first 29 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Here's a look at how the best locked-out NHL stars are faring overseas.
*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||48||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Linus Omark||43||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Evgeni Malkin||41||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Tyler Seguin||38||EHC Biel||Boston Bruins|
|John Tavares||35||SC Bern||New York Islanders|
Top Five Goal Leaders
|Player||Goals||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Tyler Seguin||24||EHC Biel||Boston Bruins|
|Damien Brunner||23||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||14||SKA St. Petersburg||New Jersey Devils|
|John Tavares||14||SC Bern||New York Islanders|
|Evgeni Malkin||13||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
Top Five Assist Leaders
|Player||Assists||Current Club||NHL Club|
|Linus Omark||31||EV Zug||Edmonton Oilers|
|Evgeni Malkin||28||Metallurg||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Damien Brunner||25||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings|
|Pavel Datsyuk||22||CSKA Moscow||Detroit Red Wings|
|John Tavares||21||SC Bern||New York Islanders|
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