Result of the day
CSKA – Avtomobilist 2-1 OT. So it is possible to have a game in which Nikita Filatov did not score points, and indeed was hardly noticed - managing just the one shot at goal in 16 minutes. Nikita even finished with a negative efficiency rating. It had to happen sometime. It is clear that he needs a rest, a short break at least, having played seven games in twelve days. No matter how well he has prepared himself for the season, it is worth remembering he has only just returned from across the ocean.
Well done, Yekaterinburg men! The KHL debut boys felt that with the right approach they could come here and take points. They even opened the scoring for the 13th time this season, and their record for holding onto a lead has been improving, even if in Moscow they earned just a point. What will please their supporters is how fearlessly they performed in their first match in Moscow. It is no secret that playing in the Russian capital is an added psychological burden, not least for newcomers to the tournament.
In the day’s other matches, Avangard defeated Barys, 2-1, Sibir proved stronger than Amur, winning 4-1, Vityaz were soundly beaten by Metallurg Magnitogorsk, 0-4, and Torpedo could not stop Traktor, losing 3-6.
Moscow’s Army Men are still yet to lose a match in overtime, having now featured in seven matches that have stretched beyond the hour mark. Last season, 18 of their 56 games of the regular season went to overtime, and the CSKA’s record was four wins, four defeats, with the other ten being settled by the shoot-out.
Third career winner
CSKA attacker Alexander Nikulin (pictured) is in his fourth season with the club, and with 123 regular championship games under his belt has 20 goals to his name. In the game against Avtomobilist, Alexander struck the third winning goal of his career. The two previous occasions when his goal proved decisive were back in 2006-07, and today he ended a wait of nearly three years and three months to claim his third.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Barys suffered defeat today despite leading at the end of the second period, the first time this has happened to them this season. Until the Avangard match, the Kazakhstan club had won all 11 games in which they took a lead into the final session. Last season, they were ahead after two periods on 20 occasions, and surrendered their advantage only twice.
Nine times one
Following the defeat to Sibir, Amur head coach Alexander Blinov voiced his displeasure over the performance of his attackers, after they managed just a single goal for the ninth time this season. Last year the Far East club were limited to one goal on 17 occasions, although they managed to take all three points in four of these matches, whereas this season these games have yielded no points at all.
Budkin opens his account
Traktor defenseman Alexander Budkin only recently moved to Chelyabinsk from Dynamo Moscow, and is already off the mark with a goal in his eleventh game for his new club. It is only Budkin’s second goal in 130 matches at the top level, his first coming way back in season 2005-06.
There’s no place like away from home
Traktor have picked up three points on their travels for the sixth time this season, while at home they have only managed four regulation time wins to date, and it is the second time this season Andrei Nazarov’s players have smashed six goals in a match.
Koshechkin puts Togliatti behind him
Vasily Koshechkin saved 29 shots and achieved his first clean sheet, in his sixth game for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The last time he was unbeaten in a game was back in his days at Lada. Vasily played 185 times for the Togliatti team, boasting 24 clean sheets, although two years ago, playing for Ak Bars, he played 19 games and conceded in every one of them.
Figures of the day
35 shots fired by Sibir at the Amur goal.
6 shots on target by Avtomobilist defenseman Tomas Slovak against CSKA.
29 minutes 55 seconds spent in play by Barys defenseman Kevin Dallman.
75% of 24 face-offs won by Avtomobilist attacker Nikolai Bushuev.
Denis Sokolov (Sibir). Made an assist and finished with a +2.
Oleg Piganovich (Traktor). A goal and two assists from the defenseman.
Dmitry Pestunov (Avangard). The winning goal, one assist, four shots on target, and a +1 all added to his account.
Anton Glinkin (Traktor). Set a personal record, making assists for three goals.
“And, of course, there are question marks about our forwards, when you get one goal from twelve of them.” - Amur head coach Alexander Blinov.
“The whole team are guilty, there’s no need to heap blame on any one player.” - Torpedo head coach Evgeny Popikhin.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru