Four points
Avangard attacker Alexander Popov scored four points in a KHL game for the first time in his career today, with a goal and three assists. He had previously taken three points from a game on four occasions: in the first championship against Dinamo Minsk and Traktor, the following season against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, and in the current campaign against Spartak.

15 seconds of glory
Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek of Lokomotiv scored against Neftekhimik in the space of 15 seconds, falling just short of the record for this season, set last Friday when goals from Dinamo Minsk’s Peter Podhradsky and Konstantin Glazachev against CSKA came just 13 seconds apart. Curiously, this is becoming a familiar phenomenon for Neftekhimik: on the 19th of September they allowed Avtomobilist to score twice in just 23 seconds, conceded two in 26 seconds against Barys on the 31st of October, while on September 23rd the Nizhnekamsk men themselves struck twice in 23 seconds against Dinamo Minsk.

Three goals? No problem!
It is rare in the KHL for a team to lose after racing to a 3-0 lead. Indeed, today’s collapse by Torpedo against Ak Bars is only the third such instance this season, with Lokomotiv and Avtomobilist the previous sufferers. Lightning has struck twice against poor Torpedo, as the team also capitulated after scoring the first three goals in a game last season, as did eight other sides. In the first KHL championship, however, there were only two such comebacks, and Atlant and Sibir were the victims. For Ak Bars (“White Leopard” in the Tatar language) it was the first time in the club’s KHL history that they fought back to win after trailing 0-3.

Figure of the day
52 shots were fired at Dinamo Minsk’s goal by the Vityaz players, a club record for the men from Chekhov. Now only two players at the Moscow Region team, Maxim Yeprev and Brandon Sugden, are yet to threaten the opposition’s goal this season.

Key players
Vitaly Koval (Atlant). Saved 27 shots to help his team come from behind to claim a hard-fought victory.

Andrei Pervyshin (Avangard). For a defenseman he played a very active part in the attack, scoring one goal and setting up two more. Earned a rating of +1 in just over 20 minutes’ playing time.

Vitaly Novopashin (Barys). Scored a goal, made an assist and merited a +2, having spent 28 minutes and 6 seconds on the ice.

Alexander Korolyuk (Lokomotiv). Supplied the passes for four of his team’s goals.

Denis Tolpeko (Dynamo Moscow). Threatened the opposing goal three times, scored the game-winner, and finished at +1.

Niko Kapanen (Ak Bars). Made three assists and earned a +1.

Quotes of the day
“I reckon Derlyuk’s goal shook the team up. Although I’m sure if he hadn’t scored, someone else would. I was calm today,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.

“This week, for the first time this season, just about everyone was complaining of tiredness,” – Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

“When the score was 4-2 I thought that was how our beautiful journey would end,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to


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