Salavat Yulaev is one of only three teams yet to suffer an overtime defeat in the current championship. Three times the men from Ufa have killed off the opposition during the extra five minutes, while seven more games went on to a shootout. The last time Vyacheslav Bykov’s team lost by sudden death was almost a year ago, back in January.
Salavat’s victims this time round were the men of Sibir, whose overtime record is nowhere near as good: one win, four ties, and three defeats.
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal today was the second he has scored this season while his team was outnumbered, and on this count the Traktor forward is now joint leader with seven other players who have scored two such goals already.
Double of doubles
Alexei Kaygorodov has struck his second double of the campaign. This time it took him 36 minutes and 23 seconds to score his two goals, nearly five minutes faster than his first. Alexei’s quickest double in the KHL came on September 19th, 2008, when he needed only 21 minutes and 11 seconds to score twice against Ak Bars.
Igor Mirnov also topped up his account with his second double of the season, finding the target twice in just 10 minutes 56 seconds, which was almost 20 minutes faster than his previous effort in October. However, the Sibir attacker was not even close to beating his personal best: last season his two goals against Vityaz came only 3 minutes and 57 seconds apart.
Figure of the day
+22. That is Alexei Kaygorodov’s efficiency rating for this season - the highest rating of any player in the KHL. And today against Amur the Magnitogorsk forward earned another three points to add to his total for the current championship, but Kaygorodov’s best rating of this championship was the +4 he earned on the 25th of October against Severstal.
Erik Ersberg (Salavat Yulaev). Saved 32 shots out of 34.
Lasse Kukkonen (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Scored a goal and was the most valuable defenseman of the team, earning a +2.
Andrei Kuteykin (Salavat Yulaev). Supplied the pass for a goal and finished at a +2.
Enver Lisin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). One goal, two assists, and a +3.
Alexei Kaygorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Scored two goals, including the game-winner, and merited a +3.
Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev). Added a goal and an assist to his account.
Quotes of the day
“As I’ve already said more than once, scoring in power plays is our team’s weak point. We’ll work on it, we’ll find a way, we won’t give up,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
“Frankly speaking, we slept through the first period,” – Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru