Hat-trick hero
Lukas Kaspar has grabbed his second hat-trick of the season. Barys’s Czech forward took only 33 minutes and 10 seconds to score three goals, a whole 26 minutes faster than his first treble, although still almost 16 minutes slower than the season’s quickest, struck by Anton Glinkin of Traktor. Kaspar’s was the tenth hat-trick of the current championship.

First win on the road
Amur at last tasted success away from Khabarovsk with today’s victory at Severstal. Until today, Sergei Svetlov’s men had suffered nine straight defeats on the road, and had failed to even score a single goal in four of them. Amur waited longer than any other club for a first away win, but there is still one team left in the League without a regulation time success on their travels - Traktor.

To return to the men from the Far East, they have been consistently poor on the road, and not just this year. A table based solely on away results would have placed Amur 22nd in the KHL last season, and 18th in the first championship.

Sibir’s shutout king
Stefan Liv has now gone 156 minutes and 37 seconds without allowing a single goal, which is by far the longest current unbeaten spell of any goalie in the League; indeed, he is over 100 minutes ahead of his nearest pursuer, Yugra’s Mikhail Biryukov, who has not conceded in his last 52 minutes between the pipes.

Now Liv can set his sights on the record for this championship, belonging to CSKA’s Sergei Gaiduchenko. For this, the Sibir keeper needs to keep his goal intact for just 25 more minutes.

We can, however, already congratulate Stefan for setting a new club record, surpassing the previous best set last season by Yury Klyuchnikov, who went unbeaten for 103 minutes and 5 seconds.

Figure of the day
Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev has now scored in each of his last five games, setting a new club record for Barys in the KHL. But Krasnoslobodtsev cannot rest on his laurels, as Lukas Kaspar is also on a scoring run and is just one game behind.

Key players
Stefan Liv (Sibir). Saved all 28 shots, extending his unbeaten spell in goal to 156 minutes and 37 seconds.

Kevin Dallman (Barys). Scored the game-winner, made an assist, and his +2 was the highest rating of any player in the team.

Sandis Ozolins (Dinamo Riga). Spent over 27 minutes on the ice - more than any other skater in the game; scored one goal, set up another and merited a rating of +2.

Lukas Kaspar (Barys). In over 20 minutes’ playing time he hit 7 shots at goal, and three of them found the target.

Alexei Yashin (SKA). In a little more than 15 minutes on the ice he scored one goal and helped to create two more.

Maxim Sushinsky (SKA). Achieved the same statistics as Yashin, but was on the ice for 5 minutes longer than his comrade.

Quotes of the day
“We need to play it simple, but we’re starting to come up with something. The state Mr. Riha left the team in leaves a lot to be desired,” Spartak head coach Igor Pavlov.

“Both teams were superb. I would say today’s game was a real festival of hockey,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.

“For the umpteenth time, our power play game left a lot to be desired. It’s probably our fault for keeping with certain players we send on at such times, and it’s not working out any more,” Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.

“We have two good goaltenders, and today’s goalie played well. He was blameless in this defeat,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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