Metallurg put to the sword
Salavat Yulaev ran riot at home to Metallurg Novokuznetsk today, inflicting an 8-0 thrashing. Such a score has only been seen once before in KHL history, when Vityaz were thrashed in similar fashion last season in Nizhny Novgorod.

The previous heaviest defeat for the Novokuznetsk men also came last season, when the “Steelers” suffered a 0-6 reverse at the hands of their fellow metallurgists from Magnitogorsk. We also need to re-write the Salavat Yulaev book of records. Until today, the most resounding victories for the men from Ufa were by a seven-goal margin, with Sibir and Avtomobilist the hapless victims.

Off the hook
Atlant scored the first two goals in their encounter with Lokomotiv, but they still contrived to lose the game. For both the Mytishchi club and their guests from Yaroslavl it was the second time this season their games have followed such a script. The championship leaders for battling back to win after falling 0-2 behind are Ak Bars, who have performed such heroics on three occasions. The unwanted record for throwing away a 2-0 advantage belongs to SKA. The army men have led by such a score in six games, but have collapsed to defeat in four of them.

Dangerous goalies
Dimitrij Kotschnew has joined Michael Garnett at the top of the list of goaltender-assistants. Both keepers have now supplied the decisive passes for two goals. The KHL record is shared by Robert Esche and Nolan Schaefer, who last season claimed three assists each. Behind Kotschnew and Garnett, there are seven more goalies with one assist each so far this season, but strangely only two of the nine, Alexander Yeremenko and Vadim Tarasov, are eligible to play for Russia.

Figure of the day
Erik Ersberg has now spent 161 minutes and 40 seconds between the pipes since he last allowed a goal, and is now a little over one period away from breaking the record for the current championship. Erik has, however, already claimed the record for Salavat Yulaev in the KHL, surpassing Alexander Yeremenko’s previous best of 153 minutes 24 seconds.

Key players
Erik Ersberg (Salavat Yulaev). Saved 25 shots out of 25, claiming his second successive shutout.

Dmitry Megalinsky (Vityaz). Supplied the pass for a goal and earned a rating of +3.

Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA). Spent over 26 minutes on the ice and scored two goals.

Patrick Thoresen (Salavat Yulaev). Scored one goal, created three more, and finished at a +5.

Josef Vasicek (Lokomotiv). Scored two goals, including the game-winner, and was on the ice for more than 19 minutes.

Viktor Bobrov (Vityaz). Scored a hat-trick.

Quotes of the day
“Our so-called leading players constantly lose their duels and finish at -3 and -4,” Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Anatoly Yemelin.

“It’s hard to predict whether Oleg Saprykin will be in the side, since his injury is serious enough to restrict his movement,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.

“Initially, we wanted to play out of defense, but we ended up getting dragged into playing open hockey, which didn’t bring us success,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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