Match of the day
Salavat Yulayev Ufa 4
Barys Astana 3
Probably more than most, the hockey players from Ufa have to be disappointed that the season has stopped for a break. They've gotten into amazing form, and who knows whether they'll be able to keep it up during the next 10 days. They'll be limited to practices, and not even full ones, since the national team is leaving to play in the Karjala Cup. Over their past 11 games, the Bashkir club has garnered at least one point, and in seven of the games they won in regular time. In the match against Barys, Salavat Yulayev took 57 shots on goal! You can really see how much the team has been enjoying the game lately. And that was against an entirely serious opponent, whose play looked more than respectable.
Salavat Yulayev attacker Alexander Radulov set a new record this season for the most games in a row with points scored. The forward has had seven goals and 11 assists in the past 10 games. Alexander has long since surpassed his mark from last season of seven consecutive scoring games.
Keeping it clean
Dinamo Minsk had only four minutes of penalties in its game against Dinamo Riga, making it the cleanest match of the season. The Belorussian team, which is ranked 12th in the League for penalties, had previously averaged 15.6 minutes in the penalty box per game.
CSKA defender Vladimir Repin played his first game in the KHL, spending more than 10 minutes on the ice over 18 shifts. Before that, Repin played in the Youth Hockey League, where he scored four goals and had nine assists in 21 games. Repin became the 28th player for CSKA this season.
It took CSKA forward Sergei Anshakov 12 games to score his first points this season, but he took away one goal and one assist from the game against SKA. Last season, Anshakov had seven goals and three assists during 43 games for Neftekhimik. The forward broke his dry streak after 24 games.
Severstal forward Oleg Gubin got his third attempt in an overtime shootout, and so far he hasn't missed a single one. Two of his shots have been game winners. But more often, the team's coaches dispatch Josef Straka, even though he has only scored on two of his five attempts. That said, both of those goals earned the team two points.
Things have been worse
Torpedo's 8-2 loss to Atlant on home ice wasn't even the team's biggest defeat since their return to the top division in the 2006-07 season. Nizhny Novgorod was dealt an 8-0 hammering that season by CSKA. The six-goal margin of victory was nothing new for Atlant, either, after it beat Severstal 6-0 last season.
Records of the day
Salavat Yulayev had 57 shots on Barys' goal, setting a record for this season.
CSKA defender Konstantin Korneyev spent 30:15 on the ice.
Severstal forward Marek Zagrapan won 14 of his 17 faceoffs, or 82.4 percent.
Torpedo forward Pavel Brendl had seven shots on goal.
Players worth watching
Andrei Mezin (Dinamo Minsk). Stopped 26 shots, allowing just one goal and earning the team two points.
Andrei Shefer (Severstal). Had one goal and one assist during 21:47 on the ice.
Mikhail Balandin (Atlant). Scored one goal and finished the game at a +3.
Dmitry Meleshko (Dinamo Minsk). Finished the game at a +1 and scored the winning goal in overtime.
Petr Cajanek (SKA). Had a double, including the winning goal while his team was playing shorthanded. He also contributed an assist to another successful attack.
Alexei Glukhov (Atlant). Scored two points (1+1), including his first goal after a 13-match break.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru