Result of the day
Metallurg Novokuznetsk– HC MVD 4-2. Metallurg finally ended their terrible 12-match losing run, during which they collected just a single point and head coach Dmitri Parkhomenko complained several times about his attackers failing to carry out simple orders. And now they have beaten opponents who lead their division, occupy second place in the Western Conference, and are regarded as the revelations of the tournament.
Will this victory aid the men from Novokuznetsk? Was it a flash in the pan, or the first step out of their crisis? We must hope it is the latter, for then the Eastern Conference promises plenty of intrigue, with all twelve teams battling for the top eight places. With no clear outsiders it will be fascinating for the fans.
In the day’s other matches, Amur defeated Spartak after a shoot-out, 3-2, and Sibir beat Lokomotiv, 2-1.
Will to win
Amur overcame Spartak in the shoot-out, having fought back from 0-2 down in the match. It is the first time this season the Far East team has shown such character, as their previous 12 poor starts have all ended in defeat. It is also a first for Spartak, who had never before surrendered such an advantage. Previously this season, they had scored the first two goals in seven games, and won all seven.
One shoot-out, two goalies
Amur goaltender Sergei Borisov has taken part in his first shoot-out of the season. He was beaten by the only penalty shot he faced, and for Spartak’s second attempt he had already been replaced by Tyler Moss. On the last three occasions when 65 minutes were not enough, the Canadian has always brought Amur victory.
A bad habit
Spartak were playing three against five when they conceded one of their goals to Amur, and it is not the first time they have found themselves so outnumbered. Since the start of the championship the officials have left the Red-and-Whites two men short 25 times, a statistic only exceeded by Traktor and Vityaz. And while playing three versus five, Spartak have shipped 7 goals - on which score they are also third in the League, surpassed only by the very same Chelyabinsk and Chekhov men.
Metallurg Novokuznetsk had never before beaten HC MVD in the KHL. Interestingly, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took part in two previous meetings with HC MVD and is still yet to concede a goal to the Militia Men. In one game he came on for the last 30 seconds, and in the other he played for just over 4 minutes.
Sibir attacker Alexander Boykov (pictured) has been playing in Russian championships since season 1997-98, enjoying spells with Krylya Sovetov, CSKA, Lada, Khimki and Atlant. His best season as a sniper was 2002-03, when he struck 12 goals for Lada. This season Alexander has already broken his personal record, scoring 13 goals from 34 matches.
Figures of the day
74 shots on goal in the match between Amur and Spartak.
40 of these came from Spartak.
10 of these came from attacker Branko Radivojevic.
27 minutes 27 seconds spent in play by Amur defenseman Vitaly Shulakov.
68.4% of 19 face-offs won by Sibir attacker Denis Kartsev.
Yury Klyuchnikov (Sibir). Saved 31 shots, helping his team collect three points in the match against Lokomotiv.
Vitaly Shulakov (Amur). Spent over 27 minutes on the ice, and made one assist.
Nolan Pratt (Amur). Scored a goal with his only shot and spent just under 22 minutes in play.
Alexander Boykov (Sibir). Struck three shots on goal, two of which found their target.
Alexander Tatarinov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Scored one goal and made an assist.
Denis Stasyuk (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Was the most active of his team’s forward, with four shots, and scored a goal.
“We skipped the warm-up today, we analyzed our opponents’ game, and I think we beat HC MVD with pace,” - Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitri Parkhomenko.
“It’s a shame Kostya Volkov didn’t score, after a build-up we often use in the national team,” - HC MVD and Latvia head coach Oleg Znarok.
“When the teams were playing even numbers, the hosts simply wouldn’t come into our zone, - Spartak head coach Milos Riha.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru