Metallurg Magnitogorsk players set a new record for this season, scoring two goals past SKA in only 17 seconds. It is still, however, nowhere near the KHL record, set back in the first championship by their namesakes from Novokuznetsk, who hit the target twice against Severstal in just 8 seconds, but they can take pride in being first team in the current campaign to score two goals in under 20 seconds. It is also the fourth time the men from the Urals have struck twice in under a minute: aside from SKA, their other victims were Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Severstal and Torpedo. Kari Heikkila’s team fell just short of breaking the club record: last season the men from Magnitogorsk needed just 14 seconds to hit two goals against both Torpedo and Traktor.
Yugra comes to a halt
Today’s defeat at Neftekhimik finally brings to an end Yugra’s epic run of taking points from 14 consecutive games. It is the joint second longest point-scoring spell in KHL history, matching previous 14-game runs from Dynamo Moscow, SKA and Salavat Yulaev. Salavat also hold the KHL record, collecting points from 16 successive games in the previous championship. The recent sequence from Sergei Shepelev’s KHL newcomers consisted of 8 regulation time victories, a shoot-out win, an overtime win, and four defeats via the shoot-out.
And Volkov finally loses
Dynamo Moscow goaltender Alexei Volkov today tasted defeat for the first time this season. This leaves just one goalie in the KHL who has played more than 6 game but has yet to play on the losing side: Ilya Proskuryakov of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Torpedo’s Bernd Bruckler has the most wins under his belt, with 10, while Vityaz netminder Kevin Lalande has been on the losing side most often, having appeared in 14 defeats.
Figure of the day
Just 2 seconds of overtime remained when Raymond Giroux hit the killer goal against Severstal and sealed victory for Traktor. It is the latest goal of the current championship, and equals the KHL record set last season when CSKA’s Nikos Dimitrakos also struck with the clock showing 64:58.
Georgy Gelashvili (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Saved 37 shots to help his team to their seventh straight victory.
Alexander Ryazantsev (Avtomobilist). Although he finished with a rating of -2, he still scored his third successive game-winner.
Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA). Spent almost 23 minutes on the ice and made assists for all three of his team’s goals.
Alexander Stepanov (Ak Bars). Ended his barren spell of 20 games without a goal, which stretched back into last season, by scoring the goal which sealed victory.
Maxim Yakutsenya (Neftekhimik). Made one assist, scored the game-winner (his second in a row), hit 5 shots at goal and earned a rating of +1.
Maxim Spiridonov (Dinamo Minsk). In over 19 minutes on the ice he had two shots, both of which found the target, and merited a +2.
Quotes of the day
“We have a lot of passengers in the ranks, so I’m going to ditch them from the roster. If that leaves us with only twelve, then we’ll play with twelve,” Spartak head coach Igor Pavlov.
“We can see why the Kazan guys are multiple-championship winners,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“What happened when we were leading 4-0? It’s the players’ psychology. They relaxed and overconfidence appeared. They stopped playing team hockey and started going on solo runs with the puck. In a word, they wrecked their own game,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
“Anyone who didn’t see this game might think from the score that this was an easy win, but it wasn’t,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru