Highlights of the day
Strength in numbers
All three of Sibir’s goals against Neftekhimik came while the opposition was a man short, as Andrei Tarasenko’s side ruthlessly converted exactly half of their power plays in the game. The victory lifts the Siberians up to second place in the Eastern Conference, and the Novosibirsk club also boasts the second best power play percentage of the new season, with 25.29% - a figure bettered only by Salavat Yulaev. The worst team in the League on this score so far is Severstal, with just 11.63%.
No problem for the new boys
Ak Bars and Yugra both clinched their victories today in overtime. For the Kazan men it is their second overtime success of the season, but it is the first time that Yugra sealed victory during the extra five minutes. So far, the KHL newcomers have also experienced four scoreless overtimes and not a single defeat.
Four more doubles
Another four doubles were added today to this season’s growing list. Avangard’s Alexander Perezhogin struck his seventh double in the KHL, although he scored the first five while in the colors of Salavat Yulaev. His teammate Roman Cervenka, in his debut season, now already has two braces to his name, whereas for Jiri Novotny of Barys and Traktor’s Deron Quint it was the first time either had scored twice in a game.
It is worth noting that defenseman Quint grabbed 5 goals in the whole of the previous championship, but has already scored 8 times in the current campaign.
Figure of the day
6 shots from the Novosibirsk men was all Neftekhimik goalie Scott Munroe had to face, but he was beaten by two of them.
Mikael Tellqvist (Dinamo Riga). Saved 29 shots from the championship leaders and helped his comrades claim their fourth win in a row.
Deron Quint (Traktor). Spent over 25 minutes on the ice – more than any other player in the game – during which time he struck a double and earned a +2.
Alexander Sazonov (Traktor). Supplied the decisive passes for two goals and finished at a +3.
Roman Cervenka (Avangard). Scored two goals in almost 19 minutes – more playing time than any other Omsk forward.
Kirill Petrov (Yugra).The twenty-year-old attacker scored a goal in regulation time and then clinched victory in the shoot-out.
Dmitry Afanasenkov (Traktor). Scored one goal and set up another in only his second outing for his new team.
Quotes of the day
“I can tell you Komarov won’t be playing against Vityaz. I don’t want them to provoke him,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.
“Of course it makes me mad – leading by three goals and then losing points,” – Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev.
“The first two goals were especially bad – the very first shot and it’s a goal. And what’s more, it was a mishit,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
“Our team is lacking in confidence; we only start playing after we’ve allowed two or three goals and this, of course, influences the outcome,” Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.
“I count taking a point off the champions of Russia as being very prestigious,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru