Result of the day
Barys - Sibir 5-0. What’s up with the Novosibirsk men? It is not all that long ago when the team began to pick up points, after a tricky start was followed by a change of head coach, and now they are facing a new crisis. Never before in their time in the KHL have the Siberians lost seven straight games in regulation time. The attack has obvious problems, managing only eight goals during this losing streak, but the defense has been a disaster - shipping 31 goals. Was the team really so weakened by forward Vladimir Tarasenko’s trip to the U-20 World Championship? But he was playing here against Barys and he could do nothing to help.

Things are looking very ominous for the young coach, Andrei Tarasenko. Will he survive the ordeal, or will it break him? And the biggest question of all: will he even be given the chance to put things right? We know only too well that in that city they are not slow at solving problems with the head coach.

Three points
Avangard attacker Timofei Shishkanov has earned three points in one game for the first time in the current championship. Last season the forward, while playing for SKA and Torpedo, struck four goals and supplied the decisive passes for six more. His account now shows 14 points - eight goals and six assists.

Overtime blues
Avangard celebrated only their second overtime victory of the season, having already lost four times up until today. On five more occasions, added time has brought no result for the Omsk men and they have continued to the shoot-out. For Salavat Yulaev, however, it is the first time the extra five minutes has ended in defeat, and there are now only four teams left in the tournament who are still yet to suffer “sudden death”.

Figures of the day
36 shots at goal by Amur and Avangard in their games against Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Salavat Yulaev respectively.

6 shots on goal from Metallurg’s Dmitry Dudarev.

73.7% of 17 face-offs won by Barys attacker Jozef Stumpel.

25 minutes 1 seconds spent on the ice by Amur defenseman Vitaly Shulakov.

Key players
Alexei Kuznetsov (Barys). Saved 31 shots, keeping his goal intact for the second time in the championship.

Vladimir Antipin (Barys). Spent over 20 minutes out on the ice, rated the most efficient of his team’s defensemen, earning a +2.

Lasse Kukkonen (Avangard). Finished the match with an efficiency rating of +2.

Dmitry Dudarev (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Scored a goal in regulation time and converted the decisive shot in the shoot-out.

Andrei Gavrilin (Barys). Scored the winning goal and also claimed an assist.

Timofey Shishkanov (Avangard). Took part in all his team's goals, scoring two himself, including the overtime goal.

“Luck was on our side today. Probably to make up for the game in Chekhov, where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” - Barys head coach Andrei Shayanov.

“Our old curse - conceding a goal 5 or 6 minutes from the end of a period, and another one 30 seconds before the final siren - has come back to haunt us,” - Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.

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