Killer goals
Roman Cervenka scored his seventh winning goal of the season today, becoming the KHL’s undisputed leader on this count, moving one ahead of Sergei Mozyakin, Anton Kuryanov and Alexander Guskov. Roman’s total is already two goals better than the previous team record, set by Jaromir Jagr, but the KHL record is now safe for another year. It stays with Alexei Tereshchenko, who hit 11 game-winners in the first championship.

Happy on their travels
Shutouts have been rare for Severstal’s goaltenders throughout previous KHL championships, just two in the first season and none in the second, so this campaign’s total of 6 is easily a record for the Cherepovets team. Most curious of all is that seven of the eight have been achieved on the road: two years ago in Nizhny Novgorod and this season in Saint Petersburg, Khanty-Mansiysk, Chekhov, Nizhnekamsk, once again Nizhny Novgorod and today in Novokuznetsk.

Problems at home
Sibir finally snapped a losing streak of five straight home defeats. During the run, Andrei Tarasenko’s outfit earned just one point, and scored seven goals but allowed fifteen.

For the Novosibirsk men, it was their worst sequence of home games in the KHL. Previously, the worst they had endured in front of their own fans was three mini-runs of three losses, the poorest of which came in the previous championship, when from the 3rd to the 7th of January they suffered three regulation time defeats by an aggregate score of 3-14.

Figure of the day
For 153 minutes and 15 seconds Amur could find no way past the Avangard rearguard, starting from the 22nd of January 2010, with Ruslan Khasanshin’s 14th minute strike into the Omsk net, and finally ending, after a wait of over a year, with Alexander Krysanov’s 7th minute goal today. Between these goals came two full games in which the Khabarovsk men failed to find the key to unlock the Omsk defense.

Key players
Stefan Liv (Sibir). Saved 35 shots out of 36 to help his team end a run of home defeats.

Martin Skoula (Avangard). Spent a little under half an hour on the ice and finished at a +1.

Georgijs Pujacs (Sibir). Earned a rating of +2.

Roman Cervenka (Avangard). Played a part in all three successful attacks, scoring two goals and assisting on the other.

Nikolai Bardin (Severstal). Twice helped his teammates to score.

Ville Nieminen (Sibir). Supplied the decisive passes for three goals.

Quote of the day
“When the score was 2-2 the hosts had their chances to score and win this game. The big difference was us having players like Roman Cervenka and Jaromir Jagr. All through the season they’ve decided the outcome of our games at the most crucial moments,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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