Highlights of the day
Amur’s drought continues
Amur has become the first club in all KHL history to go three straight games without managing a single goal, and so their goal famine has gone past the180-minute mark. All three of the Khabarovsk team’s scoreless games came under the guidance of Sergei Svetlov, making the season’s first change of coach seem a far from successful one.
So far in this current championship the men from the Far East have struck 179 shots, the 17th highest total in the League, but by percentage of goals to shots they are down in 21st place, with only CSKA and Vityaz below them.
Mattias Weinhandl and Alexei Badyukov both supplied the decisive passes to set up three goals, and moreover both achievements came in the same game. For the SKA forward it is almost business as usual: only last season he boasted a hat-trick of assists on three separate occasions, whereas for his fellow army man from Moscow we must go back to 2008 for the last time he helped to create three goals in one game. And last season Alexei, playing for champions Ak Bars, made only 6 assists in 50 games.
Today was the first time this season that a Sibir game has continued after regulation time, and the Novosibirsk men made it a successful overtime with a victory over Avangard. This leaves Severstal as the only club left in the KHL whose games have all been settled in 60 minutes. In contrast, Salavat Yulaev, Atlant and SKA have all gone on to added time on four occasions.
So far, Metallurg Magnitogorsk is the League’s unluckiest team in overtime, with two defeats in two attempts.
Figure of the day
Metallurg Magnitogorsk defenseman Vitaly Atyushov fired 7 shots at the Amur goal, and is now the fourth most active defenseman in the KHL championship.
Ilya Proskuryakov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Saved all 22 shots to claim his first shutout of the season.
Vladimir Loginov (Yugra). Added a goal and an assist to his account.
Ilkka Heikkinen (Sibir). Was on the ice for more than 19 minutes, during which time he scored a double and earned a rating of +1.
Denis Platonov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Spent more than 20 minutes in play, twice threatened the opposition’s goal, and struck the only goal of the game.
Alexei Badyukov (CSKA). Played out 25 shifts – more than any other attacker in the game, and supplied the assists for all three goals scored by his team.
Mattias Weinhandl (SKA). Also had a hand in creating all three of his team’s goals.
Quotes of the day
“We were retreating a lot today – we’ll work on it and try to get rid of it,” - Magnitogorsk Metallurg head coach Kari Heikkila.
“I reckon the results will come as soon as we manage to find the best combinations for our lines,” - Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
“Of course we’re disappointed with the defeat, but I was very happy with the commitment the guys showed today, I have no complaints about any of them,” - Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“Sadly, we didn’t manage to put on a display of good hockey in Omsk against Avangard, and for definite reasons: today was payback time,” - Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru