Travis Scott allowed two goals from two shots and was promptly replaced, leaving him with a catastrophic save percentage of 0. Scott is the fourth goaltender used by the Chelyabinsk side in the current championship, and while none of the other three have matched Travis’s statistic, they have all had their bad days between the pipes.

Danila Alistratov’s was against Yugra, when he was beaten by three out of 16 shots (81.3%). Maxim Sokolov allowed three goals from just 12 shots (75%) against Salavat Yulaev, while Sebastien Caron contrived to let Lokomotiv hit the net 5 times from 11 shots (54.4%).

Until today, Alistratov also held the unwanted team record in the KHL era, two goals from three shots against Neftekhimik in season 2008-09.

Outstanding debut
Evgeny Lapenkov, having returned to Neftekhimik from Spartak, marked his first game back with three assists. It is the seventh time a Nizhnekamsk player has achieved a hat-trick of assists in the KHL, with the previous six coming from Fedor Fedorov (twice), Konstantin Makarov, Sergei Demagin, Maxim Yakutsenya and Maxim Pestushko.

Figure of the day
4 consecutive games in which Evgeny Kuznetsov has scored at least one goal, setting a new team record for Traktor’s time in the KHL. The previous best scoring streak by a Chelyabinsk man, three games, had been achieved by six different players, and moreover, Evgeny Skachkov managed it twice.

Today it seemed Lady Luck had decided that Kuznetsov would be the seventh. He threatened the Vityaz goal more often than any of his teammates, but Alexei Yegorov was equal to all seven shots. Then, with less than 90 seconds remaining until the final siren, Evgeny’s eighth attempt found the target. Sadly, it came too late to rescue his team.

Key players
Evgeny Tsaregorodtsev (Avtomobilist). Saved 29 shots out of 30 to help his team triumph over the Western Conference leaders.

Renat Mamashev (Neftekhimik). Spent over 21 minutes on the ice, made two assists and earned a +3.

Alexei Marchenko (CSKA). Despite his team’s defeat, he finished at a +2 after just over 11 minutes’ playing time.

Eduard Lewandowski (Atlant). Scored two goals – the first opened the scoring in the second minute, and the second made the points safe with just 32 seconds remaining.

Maxim Potapov (Torpedo). Featured in all three of his team’s goals, scoring two and creating the other.

Chris Simon (Vityaz). Spent over 18 minutes in play, and scored two goals, including the game-winner.

Quotes of the day
“Well, the goaltending, of course, was disastrous. You simply cannot play like that between the pipes; you have to help out the team. With confidence in the goalie, the team can play. Otherwise, it’s very hard,” Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.

“Lots of injuries. Today we already were using two defensemen up front, and soon will use third. What choice do we have?” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru


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