Losing at home
Moscow’s army men set a highly undesirable club record in KHL championships today by suffering an 11th regulation time defeat on their own ice.
Sergei Nemchinov’s team’s home record this season shows just 24 points and a negative goal difference (59-68), and on this score they occupy 21st place in the League.
Not paying the penalty
The tradition of failing to convert penalty shots continues unabated. Both of today’s duels were won by the goaltenders, and moreover, both came in the same game. First Moscow man Tomas Netik was unable to beat Cherepovets keeper Vasily Koshechkin, and only a few minutes later Josef Straka evened things up by losing out to Steve Valiquette.
It was CSKA’s first penalty shot of the campaign, while Severstal’s was their third. In all, 51 penalty shots have been awarded this season, of which only ten have found the target. Remarkably, one of the ten was scored against the capital’s army men (out of three awarded) and two more were against the men from Cherepovets (out of seven awarded).
Barys’s pass masters
It is the second time in the current championship that Jiri Novotny has made three assists in one game. The first occasion was back in September against SKA.
Other players have set up three goals in a game for Barys in previous KHL championships, and these include Alexander Koreshkov (against Sibir), Peter Podhradsky (vs. Traktor) and Maxim Spiridonov (vs. Spartak).
And we must make a special mention of the meeting with Vityaz in season 2008-09, when Barys thrashed the Chekhov men 11-6. In that game three Barys players contributed three assists apiece: Andrei Gavrilin, Kevin Dallman and Ilya Solarev.
Figure of the day
50%. This was the Barys players’ power play percentage in the game against Amur – nearly three times better than Andrei Khomutov’s team’s average for the season of 17.1%. Moreover, the latter figure includes today’s game.
Maxim Sokolov (SKA). In his first appearance back with his former employers he saved 39 shots out of 40.
Kevin Dallman (Barys). Spent over 27 minutes on the ice, scored once and twice created goals for his comrades.
Maxim Chudinov (Severstal). Provided the decisive passes for two goals, one of which is bound to be replayed on TV again and again. Earned a +2.
Lukas Kaspar (Barys). Played for more than 20 minutes, in which time he scored one goal and set up two more.
Petr Cajanek (SKA). Scored a double and won 15 out of 21 face-offs (71.4%).
Alexanders Nizivijs (Dinamo Riga). Added a goal and an assist to his account.
Quotes of the day
“In recent games we’ve only been scoring one goal - not enough to win. All the same, we’ve been creating chances, maybe not enough to win, but enough to at least finish with a result that could lift the fans’ mood, and mine: 4-3, 4-2,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
“We scored two goals in power play, and could’ve had more, especially in the first period. Maybe we were tense, maybe hurried – there’s always something letting us down. There was a serious talk with the team after the game,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru