Linus Videll beats Denis Godla with a one-handed move. (via YouTube)
Linus Videll may only have nine goals this season in the KHL, but it’s going to be hard to argue that he didn’t score one of the best goals of the season with a one-handed effort on Sunday night.
Linus Videll has never been a sniper, but on Sunday the 29-year-old winger put on a display that would make one think he’s a goal-scoring dynamo.
In a KHL contest against HC Slovan, Videll made a pass when crossing the blueline and turned it into a quick give-and-go with teammate Roberts Burkarts. When Burkarts made the pass back to Videll, the Dinamo Riga winger had little to shoot at, so he changed the angle for himself by reaching around Slovan netminder Denis Godla for an outstanding one-handed goal.
Unlike the famous Peter Forsberg and Kent Nilsson one-handed goals, Videll’s came from the side of the net when the one-hander was his only option. The move itself was beautiful, but the presence of mind by Videll to realize Godla was sliding across so quickly and that this was possible is brilliant as well.
The marker was Videll’s ninth of the season, which puts him one goal shy of his KHL best 10 goals he scored last season in 52 games with Severstal Cherepovets.