Result of the day
Salavat Yulaev - SKA 6-3. It seems the men from Ufa let nothing slip through their fingers and never lose the plot of a game. One thing is certain: Salavat had more players than SKA turning out for their national teams, and they spent a week with their coaches in Moscow for the Channel 1 Cup. This is why the pause in the tournament, blamed by many trainers, had absolutely zero effect on Salavat. The last goal against SKA summed it up: suddenly three home players were attacking an open goal, and Igor Grigorenko was entrusted to supply the finishing touch.
First plus points
Metallurg Novokuznetsk 18-year-old defenseman Anton Kapotov is in his first season in the KHL and averages over 10 minutes in play. He has featured in 32 games but only today collected his first point for effectiveness, although considering his club’s position in the table Kapotov can be proud of earning an efficiency rating of +1.
Sibir once again displayed their impressive will to win, as they successfully battled back from being 0-2 down for the second time this season - a record bettered in the KHL by only Lokomotiv and HC MVD, with three such comebacks. And it is the second time Metallurg have surrendered a 2-0 lead, although today was only the fifth time this season that Dmitry Parkhomenko’s team have made such a lively start.
Until today, Barys had held a two-goal advantage in ten previous games and the Kazakhstan men won all ten, but now their perfect record has been smashed by Severstal. Life is certainly getting better for the Cherepovets club: it is the third time in the last seventeen games they have fought back from a two-goal deficit to win.
Hit by six-shooters
Petersburg’s Army Men conceded six goals for the first time in the KHL. Interestingly, the last time they were hit for six was on September 11, 2007, and their conquerors on that occasion were the very same Salavat Yulaev.
It is the second time this season that Salavat Yulaev have collected only two penalty minutes in a game. The first time was back in November, when they overcame Avangard 6-5 in overtime, and the lone offender was Oleg Tverdovsky. Against SKA we had to wait until the third period for a Salavat foul, this time from Ilya Gorokhov.
Very highly rated
Metallurg Magnitogorsk defenseman Vladimir Malenkikh (pictured) finished the game against Lada with an efficiency rating of +5 - a remarkable performance, given that his team only won by two goals. For Vladimir it is a personal best in the KHL. This season he has also earned a +3, against Amur Khabarovsk, and before that a +2 against HC MVD.
Second and fifth fastest
The score in the game between Lada and Metallurg Magnitogorsk went from 0-0 to 1-2 in 1 minute 13 seconds, the fifth fastest three-goal series this season. The record was set by the same two sides when they met in Magnitogorsk, when the score changed from 1-0 to 3-1 in just 21 seconds.
There were also seven goals struck in 12 minutes 41 seconds, the second fastest for the season, as previously Sibir and Ak Bars shared seven goals in 10 minutes 19 seconds.
Ak Bars goaltender Petri Vehanen claimed his first shoot-out victory of the season, although it was only his second attempt, both of them when facing Traktor. His team-mate and rival Stanislav Galimov has the same record: 2 shoot-outs, 1 victory. Last season, the best Ak Bars keeper for the series of penalty shots was Wade Dubielewicz, who was successful in two of his three shoot-outs.
Forward Alexander Drozdetsky has scored his first goal for Neftekhimik, and added to the long list of clubs for whom he has been on the score sheet. Alexander has now scored in the colors of SKA, CSKA, Ak Bars, Neftekhimik, Avangard, Spartak and Severstal, amassing 104 goals in 450 games.
Verot on the attack
Vityaz forward Darsy Verot now totals 262 minutes of penalty time from just 23 matches, having earned 40 minutes in the match against HC MVD. But today’s lengthy penalty was not his record. The legionnaire from North America picked up a hefty 52 minutes against Atlant.
Torpedo have used their fifth goaltender of the season. Following in the footsteps of Evgeny Lobanov, Bernd Bruckler, Alexander Pimankin and Martin Falter is Alexander Fomichev, conceding just the one goal to Lokomotiv. Last season the Volga club’s coach used three keepers, and only Lobanov has worn the Torpedo colors in two championships.
Figures of the day
64 shots on goal in the match between Sibir and Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
38 of these were from the Metallurg players.
32 minutes 33 seconds spent in play by Ak Bars defenseman Andrei Pervyshin.
Georgy Gelashvili (Lokomotiv). Saved all 24 shots fired at him by Torpedo.
Andrei Zubarev (Atlant). Spent over 20 minutes on the ice, helped set up a goal and finished the game with a rating of +2.
Vladimir Malenkikh (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Finished the game with an efficiency rating of +5, scored one goal and set up another.
Denis Kartsev (Sibir). Scored two goals and made one assist, earning three points in a game for the second time this season. Finished with a +3.
Igor Grigorenko (Salavat Yulaev). His two shots produced two goals, one of which proved to be the winner, and also made an assist.
Denis Parshin (CSKA). Scored the winning goal against Spartak, and was the most active of the Army Men’s forward line with 3 shots.
“I take responsibility for this defeat,” - SKA head coach Barry Smith.
“I didn’t expect us to concede four goals. It was a shock,” - Barys head coach Andrei Shayanov.
“It’s a present for us, losing 2-3, to win such a game, - Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.
“I’d like to thank the fans for coming to support us in such freezing conditions,” - Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru