Highlights of the day
First win for Vityaz
After 11 games Vityaz can finally celebrate a victory in the current championship. It has been the worst start by the club in all its time in the KHL. In the first season the men from Chekhov beat Torpedo in the shoot-out in their fourth game, and in their sixth took all three points against Neftekhimik. The club started the second KHL championship with two regulation time wins, against Torpedo and Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
Worst game for Mozyakin
Atlant attacker Sergei Mozyakin had never before finished a game with a rating as low as today’s -3, although the forward picked up a -2 several times during the first two KHL championships. Curiously, it is not the first time Sergei has had a negative rating against Vityaz: last November he finished at a -1 despite the men from Mytishchi winning the game 4-3 in the shoot-out. Every other time Mozyakin has featured in a game between the Moscow Region neighbors he has been awarded a “plus” mark.
First goal in KHL
27-year-old Sibir attacker Konstantin Bogdanovsky is in his fourth season at the top level, having made his debut back in 2000 for SKA, but only scored his first goal today. Before now, at both the Petersburg club and at Sibir, he had contributed just one assist in 34 games in his first season for the Army Men. In the lower league, Konstantin performed much better, playing over two hundred games for teams from Saint Petersburg, Dmitrov and Neftekamsk, scoring 52 goals and making 66 assists.
Figure of the day
Over 232 minutes have elapsed since Atlant’s players last scored on their own ice. They did enjoy a 1-0 win over Spartak in that spell, but that success came via the shoot-out.
Michael Garnett (Dynamo Moscow). Saved 29 shots – an impressive 93.5% - and helped his team to yet another victory.
Maxim Solovyev (Dynamo Moscow). Scored for the first time this season, in only his second appearance, and finished at a +1.
Andrei Kolesnikov (Vityaz, pictured). Was on the ice for over 26 minutes, during which he not only scored the game-winner, but also earned a +3.
Alexander Komaristy (Vityaz). Struck a double for the second time this season, this time with a short-handed goal and an empty net goal.
Igor Mirnov (Sibir). Scored his first double of the season, and collected points for the sixth game running.
Vladimir Tarasenko (Sibir). 14 minutes and 21 seconds on the ice, a power play goal and two more shots at the target.
Quotes of the day
“I had no complaints about my players’ movement for the first two periods, but they were a bit low on energy at the end,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.
“It was hard trying to get back into the game after allowing three goals in the first period,” Lokomotiv head coach Kai Suikkanen.
“In the third period the tactic was to sit back in defense and try to grab a chance on the counterattack,” Vityaz head coach Alexei Yarushkin.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru