Result of the day
Torpedo - Sibir 1-4. The Nizhny Novgorod men have only themselves to blame for not reaching the play-offs. If it seemed at the start of the season that Torpedo would have no trouble making the top eight, then that view melted away as the tournament progressed. We should not forget the mid-season coaching reshuffles, when Evgeny Popikhin was first axed and then later invited back. Even Sergei Mikhalev, who replaced him, had no idea what was going on, and neither did Popikhin. With this in mind, the team’s results were not especially bad. Their longest losing streak - six matches - can hardly be called a catastrophe, although their best winning run of three matches was far from impressive. In any case, put Torpedo in the Eastern conference and their points haul is easily enough to earn them seventh place.
Room for one more
We now know 15 of the 16 teams who will feature in the play-offs. In the Western conference Dinamo Riga clinched their place with victory in Omsk, and while Moscow’s Army Men were defeated they already knew of the events in Nizhny Novgorod. All that remains is to see who will take eighth spot in the East, with Sibir being the clear favorites over Avtomobilist: they are five points ahead and are well capable of earning the single point they need in their two remaining matches. And if Sibir do get nothing out of CSKA and Vityaz, the men from the Urals still need regulation time wins in Cherepovets and Saint Petersburg, or else the last play-off place still goes to the Siberians.
A dozen goals
The game between SKA and Traktor is only the second of the tournament in which two teams have managed 12 goals between them. Earlier this season, the Petersburg Army Men also featured in a match with eleven goals (their 6-5 victory over Neftekhimik) and the Chelyabinsk men were in a game which produced ten (the 6-4 win against Severstal).
Will to win
It is the third time this season Metallurg Magnitogorsk have managed to win despite being behind after two periods. They have failed to overcome such as a setback on 11 occasions, but their percentage of successful fightbacks, 21.4%, is the third best in the League. Only Dinamo Riga and Traktor are ahead of them - both have come alive in the last 20 minutes on five occasions.
Most deadly defender
Although Atlant have already gone to the shoot-out in 10 meetings, today was the first time the men from Mytishchi put their trust in a defenseman. Andrei Zubarev repaid their faith in him and brought victory to his team, and became the only Atlant player with a 100% record in the shoot-out. Second is Eric Landry, who has converted three from four attempts.
Sibir have now scored six times into an unguarded net, punishing the opposition for replacing the goaltender with an extra skater. Only Dinamo Riga are ahead of them on this count, with eight goals so far.
Most active defenseman
Alexander Ryazantsev threatened the Amur goal 8 times, and so moves into second place in the table of most shots from defenders this season. The man at Chekhov has now struck at goal 156 times. The undisputed leader is Kevin Dallman, with 174 shots. Furthermore, the Canadian’s goal tally is much better, standing at 13 against Ryazantsev’s 8.
The record in his sights
Dinamo Riga attacker Marcel Hossa, with his double against Avangard, has moved to within a goal of equaling the current KHL sniper’s record. His account now stands at 34 goals, just behind last season’s record of 35 set by Pavel Brendl and Jan Marek.
Figures of the day
42 shots at the Lada goal from the Lokomotiv players.
8 shots at the Amur goal from Vityaz defenseman Alexander Ryazantsev.
26 minutes 58 seconds spent in play by Traktor defenseman Alexander Sazonov.
81.5% of 27 face-offs won by CSKA attacker Mark Hartigan.
Vitaly Kolesnik (Salavat Yulaev). Saved all 40 shots on his goal, claiming his second clean sheet in a row.
Andrei Zyuzin (SKA). Spent more than 20 minutes on the ice, scored one goal and supplied the pass for another.
Konstantin Plaksin (Traktor). Spent more than 20 minutes in play; despite his team conceding 7 goals, still finished the game with an efficiency rating of +2.
Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga). His two goals helped propel Dinamo Riga into the play-offs.
Alexander Tatarinov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Scored into an empty net and turned provider in another of his team’s goals.
Andrei Spiridonov (Barys). Scored two goals, made one assist, and finished at a +3.
“Before the game started we got the news that we’d lost our last chance of making the play-offs,” - Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.
“Some of the players thought that since we won’t make the play-offs they could go out onto the ice and go missing,” - Dinamo Minsk head coach Alexander Andrievsky.
“Judging by the number of shots from each team, we gave them an even game today, - Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
“We were fine when playing short-handed, but we didn’t look convincing in powerplay,” - Dynamo Moscow head coach Andrei Khomutov.
“Marcel Hossa spent nearly a day on the plane, flying 13,000 kilometers, and he hardly slept at all”, - Dinamo Riga head coach Julius Supler.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru