Highlights of the day
Hat-trick for Mosalev
Dynamo Moscow’s Denis Mosalev needed 51 minutes and 11 seconds to fire in a hat-trick against Avangard. It is the second of the current championship, following Juhamatti Aaltonen’s triple strike for Metallurg Magnitogorsk against Traktor, but the first in their KHL history for the Muscovite Blue-and-Whites. Until today Mosalev had never even scored more than one goal in a game, although it is not the first time he has scored three points, as Denis grabbed a goal and two assists in last season’s encounter with Sibir.
Five times unbeaten
Neftekhimik goalie Ivan Kasutin now boasts five clean sheets in his KHL career, and the statistic becomes even more impressive when you consider he has only played a total of 73 games. Last season the netminder featured in the play-offs, and despite his team making a second round exit, Ivan still managed to post a healthy average of only 1,36 goals allowed per game. In this championship there have been 116 attempts so far on Kasutin’s goal, but Saturday’s game was his busiest shift – he had to save 45 shots to keep CSKA scoreless.
Amur runs dry
For the second time since joining the KHL Amur’s players have failed to score in two successive games. The previous dry spell was back in October 2008, when the club’s toothless displays came against Salavat Yulaev and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. History does seem to be repeating itself for the men from Russia’s Far East: this time they could not breach the defenses of Traktor – like Magnitogorsk, from Chelyabinsk Region – and the very same Salavat. In all, the Khabarovsk club has failed to score in 12 championship games, although the most unwanted record in the KHL belongs to Metallurg Novokuznetsk, who suffered 11 goalless outings in the 2009-10 campaign alone.
Figure of the day
54 shots were fired at the Metallurg Novokuznetsk goal by their namesakes from Magnitogorsk, of whom the most unfortunate was surely Tomas Rolinek with 8 attempts – none of which found the target.
Vitaly Kolesnik (Salavat Yulaev). Saved 29 shots to earn his first clean sheet of the season.
Dmitry Korobov (Dinamo Minsk). Struck a short-handed game-winner, spent more than 12 minutes on the ice, and merited a rating of +2.
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA). Spent more than 20 minutes in play, scored a goal, and finished at a +4.
Denis Abdullin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Collected three points (1+2) in just over 14 minutes on the ice.
Brandon Bochenski (Barys). Was in play for over 20 minutes and had six shots at the Vityaz goal, one of which hit the target and won the game.
Tony Martensson (SKA). Scored one, set up another, and struck four shots at goal in over 20 minutes on the ice.
Quotes of the day
“I’m happy with my team’s play,” - Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
“Our opponents today kept us under constant pressure,” - Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.
“We are still not fresh enough,” - Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.
“Today we produced the kind of hockey we should always play in front of our own fans,” - Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru