Avangard’s late win today means they now boast the second highest total of overtime wins in the current championship. Raimo Summanen’s men now have five successes which is one short of the League leaders Traktor. Five teams in the League have still not won in the extra five minutes, while three more are yet to lose. It is worth noting that Andrei Shepelenko, Roman Cervenka and Ryan Vesce have all scored two overtime goals apiece, and are edging closer to the KHL record set by Alexei Morozov, who scored three times in overtime last season.
Four teams in three years
Barys forward Viktor Alexandrov scored today in his sixth appearance for the Astana team, and has now scored for four different outfits in the KHL. Last season he struck 11 times in 55 outings for Torpedo, and before that scored 2 goals in 35 games for Avangard and 3 in 14 for Traktor.
Goaltenders on top
Spartak’s Dominik Hasek (pictured) and Vitaly Yeremeyev of Barys both kept their goals intact today. It is Dominik’s second shutout in the KHL, but for Vitaly it is the seventh. In the previous championship Yeremeyev enjoyed the second longest unbeaten spell in KHL history when he played for 221 minutes without allowing a goal, just short of the record run of 224 minutes set by Stanislav Galimov of Ak Bars.
Figure of the day
44 shots were fired at the Vityaz goal by the players of Barys today. Chekhov’s goaltender, Kevin Lalande, has so far had the toughest season of all, having been called to action no less than 863 times. Strangely, the second-busiest netminder this season, having faced 853 shots, has been Dimitrij Kotschnew of Lokomotiv - not a team we associate with generous defending.
Dominik Hasek (Spartak). Saved 31 shots out of 31.
Martin Skoula (Avangard). Scored no points, but was rated the most valuable defenseman in the team, finishing at a +2.
Evgeny Medvedev (Ak Bars). Supplied the decisive passes for two goals and merited a rating of +3.
Andrei Subbotin (Avtomobilist). Earned a +2 and hit four shots at goal, three of which found the target to give him his first hat-trick in the KHL.
Pavel Brendl (Neftekhimik). Five shots, three goals, and a +2.
Vadim Shipachev (Severstal). Spent nearly 24 minutes on the ice, more than any other forward in the game, scored one goal himself and helped his team-mates hit two more.
Quotes of the day
“Our opponents were very disciplined in defense. That’s what we want from our guys,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“For the play-offs, where I hope we’ll end up, we’d like to know who our “Number One” will be, but so far our goalies’ performances are about the same,” Dinamo Riga head coach Julius Supler.
“When the result is already in the bag, players always relax and start doing crazy things. It was like that today,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
“Vityaz no longer play it so tough and dirty. They play well, and they play fine hockey,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru