Hard-fought victory
Barys today finally managed to fight back from 0-2 to claim victory. Previously in the current championship Andrei Khomutov’s men had allowed the first two goals in seven games and lost all seven. For Yugra, however, it is the second time they have lost despite enjoying a 2-0 advantage.

The KHL record for bouncing back from such a bad start to win the game belongs to Dynamo Moscow, who achieved this no less than five times during the previous championship, and the unwanted record for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory was also set in 2009-10, when Traktor lost six games after scoring the first two goals.

Shutout No. 5
Dimitrij Kotschnew, who moved north from Spartak to Lokomotiv this summer, has chalked up his fifth shutout in the Kontinental Hockey League.

In the very first championship Dimitrij frustrated both Dinamo Minsk and CSKA and the following season did the same to Metallurg Novokuznetsk, while in the current campaign Kotschnew was in unbeatable form against Atlant, and again today versus Avtomobilist. The overall shutout king of the KHL, however, is Severstal’s Vasily Koshechkin, with17 under his belt.

Not paying the penalty
Referees have awarded no less than 25 penalty shots already this season, but only 6 of these have been converted. And today, the goalie once again triumphed over the skater, with Nizhny Novgorod’s Bernd Bruckler getting the better of Nizhnekamsk forward Sergei Konkov.

Torpedo, incidentally, also boast the season’s best record for penalty shot goals, with both Ilya Krikunov and Andrei Nikitenko successfully converting their chances.

Figure of the day
42 consecutive games, going way back into last season, was how long Dynamo Moscow had gone without a single shutout. Before today’s victory against Traktor, the last time Dynamo kept their opponents off the scoreboard was back on the 13th of December 2009.

Key players
Dimitrij Kotschnew (Lokomotiv). Saved 27 shots out of 27.

Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars). Spent more than 24 minutes on the ice, made two assists, and scored the game-winner.

Kevin Dallman (Barys). Played for over 26 minutes and made the decisive passes for two goals, the first of which took the game into overtime with 18 seconds left, and the second brought overtime to an end and victory to his team.

Charles Linglet (Torpedo). Added three points to his account: two goals and one assist.

Yury Babenko (Dynamo Moscow, pictured). Scored two goals, one in power play and one short-handed, and won 10 out of 15 face-offs.

Maxim Spiridonov (Dinamo Minsk). In a little under 20 minutes’ playing time he scored a double, made an assist, and earned a rating of +2.

Quotes of the day
“The task I set was to make as few mistakes as possible. Metallurg has a lot of top class players, and they’ll punish you,” Vityaz head coach Andrei Nazarov.

“Today there was no question who was the better team. We had the upper hand for just those five minutes in the second period,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

“For the first half of the game we played very badly, with no movement; it was torture to watch. Only one player did well - Robert Esche,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru


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