Third double for Cervenka
Roman Cervenka’s double against Sibir was the Avangard attacker’s third of the season; it was also the slowest, with 52 minutes and 50 seconds separating his two goals. Only Yegor Mikhaylov of CSKA took longer to hit two goals, his pair coming 53 minutes and 2 seconds apart. However, Roman did hit the fastest double of the current championship, when he scored twice against Dinamo Riga in just 29 seconds, and he now joins Patrick Thoresen of Salavat Yulaev as joint top scorer in the KHL. Both players have now scored 13 goals.
The men between the pipes
Denis Franskevich is the 16th goaltender to pick up a penalty this season. The worst disciplinary record of any goalie belongs to Torpedo’s Bernd Bruckler, with 6 minutes so far, while four more keepers are on four minutes. As for posing a danger to the opposition, only three goalies this year have made assists, and none has been able to repeat Ilya Proskuryakov’s feat in the first championship of scoring a goal. 20 players can boast at least one shutout this season, and Bruckler leads the list with 3 to date. There are still seven teams in the KHL which have not enjoyed a single game without letting the opposition score at least once.
Avangard and Metallurg Novokuznetsk both celebrated their first overtime wins of the season today. And this meant a second overtime defeat for both Sibir and Barys. Torpedo and Avtomobilist share the best record with three wins each, whereas the worst performer is currently SKA with three losses. Eight teams are still yet to taste success in the extra five minutes, while seven are yet to suffer defeat. And there has always been a golden goal when Traktor, Dynamo Moscow and Severstal have played in overtime.
Figure of the day
12 successive games in which Yugra has earned at least one point. Last season’s new boys Avtomobilist’s best corresponding run was seven.
Alexander Vyukhin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Saved 39 shots to help his team break its losing streak.
Alexander Ryazantsev (Avtomobilist). Once again scored the game-winner, capitalizing on a power play, struck 4 shots at goal and spent more than 23 minutes on the ice.
Martin Skoula (Avangard). Supplied an assist, finished at a +1, spent just under 27 minutes in play and threatened the opposition’s goal on four occasions.
Anatoly Nikontsev (Avtomobilist). The best young player of last season added a goal, an assist, and a +1 to his account in 12 minutes out on the ice.
Ivan Khlyntsev (Yugra). One goal, two assists, and a +3.
Pavel Vorobyev (Yugra). Had two shots, scored a short-handed goal, and earned a rating of +1.
Quotes of the day
“For us this was good experience, but even tougher work lies ahead. Games like these are vital for our team,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, and that includes working on our game in power plays, where today we were simply disgraceful,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru