Highlights of the day
Fightback of the season
Until today only two teams in all KHL history had fought back to win after trailing by a four-goal margin: Dinamo Riga and Vityaz, both of whose miraculous wins came last season.
Now Amur have joined that exclusive club, and the Khabarovsk team’s exploits are all the more impressive in that they achieved their comeback in regulation time. The Riga men sealed their victory in overtime, while the Chekhov side won via the shoot-out. The men from Russia’s Far East even performed their heroics in less time, with their first goal coming as late as the 34th minute. Dinamo started their fightback in the 32nd, and Vityaz in the 29th.
No place like home
Nizhnekamsk's Fedor Fedorov has switched clubs four times in the KHL, but he has only played for two teams: Neftekhimik and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. And it seems something in Nizhnekamsk brings out his killer instinct. Today he struck two goals against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, his first double since the 23rd of February 2009, which was also scored in Neftekhimik’s colors. Fedor’s return to the banks of the Kama also seems to have made him calmer: He has collected only 106 minutes of penalties playing for Neftekhimik, against the 172 minutes he picked up while at Metallurg.
Two of Tuesday’s games continued into overtime. For Salavat Yulaev it was the sixth time this season, and the Ufa men are still yet to taste defeat during the extra five minutes, having now enjoyed two victories and endured four ties to be settled in the shoot-out.
Ak Bars and Sibir were both in their third overtime of the current campaign, and after the Kazan side’s victory the two clubs share the same figures: one win, one tie and one defeat during added time.
Avtomobilist and Torpedo are still the most dangerous sides to face in the additional five minutes, boasting three victories apiece, while no less than eleven clubs in the KHL are still awaiting their first overtime win of the new season.
Figure of the day
89 shots at goal was the combined total from the players in the Metallurg Magnitogorsk vs Avangard game.
Mikhail Biryukov (Yugra). Saved 35 shots, helping to stretch to eight games his team’s run of taking points from every encounter.
Miroslav Blatak (Salavat Yulaev). Scored the decisive goal in overtime, finished with an efficiency rating of +3.
Martin Skoula (Avangard). Made one assist, scored the game-winner, and earned a +2.
Vladimir Pervushin (Avangard). Scored a short-handed goal and also claimed an assist.
Evgeny Skachkov (Ak Bars). Set up one goal, then scored the winner in overtime.
Kirill Petrov (Yugra). Also added the game-winner to an earlier assist. Joins only two other forwards in finishing at a +2.
Quotes of the day
“Leading 4-0 and not converting a penalty shot, the players decided the game was already over,” Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Popikhin.
“In all my time, I’ve seen one game like it, when I worked in Germany: a fightback from 0-5 to 7-6,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
“To be frank, it would’ve been unfair if Sibir hadn’t forced overtime,” Ak Bars head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.
“In the end our opponents were facing too great a handicap, and we played out of our skins to come back and win,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru