From Siberia to St. Petersburg, Monday was a bad day at the office for some KHL goaltenders as teams racked up some big scores. SKA and Torpedo both hit seven, while Yugra put six on Avtomobilist. But there were some miserly displays elsewhere - Magnitka shut out Traktor to win 2-0 and in Riga there was a goalless 60 minutes as local Dinamo faced Dynamo Moscow.
Seventh heaven ...
SKA St. Petersburg thumped Vityaz Chekhov 7-0 with a dominant display. Maxim Rybin led the way with two goals and an assist; Tony Martensson also had three points and Denis Denisov and Igor Makarov both returned 1+1 on the game. For Vityaz the defeat comes just four days after a 9-1 hammering at Torpedo as the Chekhov side continues to struggle.
... and seven up
Torpedo was also among the goals again, beating Severstal 7-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. The scoring was shared between seven players, with the second period swinging the game decisively in favor of the hosts as they fired in four unanswered goals. The win continues a good start to 2012 for Torpedo, which also beat Dynamo 2-1 after that thrashing of Vityaz last week.
Six of the best
Stanislav Bocharov scored twice as Yugra beat struggling Avtomobilist 6-1 in Khanty Mansiysk. The contest was over before the first interval as the hosts ran up four unanswered goals. Avto got one back in the second session, but there was to be no dramatic recovery.
Magnitka leaves it late
The clash of the Eastern Conference high-flyers in Magnitogorsk produced a hard-fought game that was in doubt until the last seconds - but eventually Metallurg edged home 2-0 against Traktor Chelyabinsk. Maxim Sushinsky finally broke the deadlock on 56:02, and Tomas Rolinek sealed it with an empty-netter on 59:21. Ari Ahonen made 27 saves for the clean sheet.
Atlant fights back
The closest finish of the day came in Moscow Region, where Atlant battled back from 0-2 to beat Spartak in a shoot-out. Nikolai Zherdev was the architect of the fightback, scoring the equalizer and getting the assist on Jonas Andersson's goal. But he failed in the shoot-out, leaving Andrei Zubarev to claim the game-winning goal.
Finnish defenseman Anssi Salmela hasn't been in Omsk for long, but his performance on Monday suggests he's right at home in Siberia. He marked his 11th appearance for Avangard with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Barys Astana. His goals came in quick succession between 30:09 and 35:10 to give his team a 3-0 lead.
And goalies on top
Despite the goal glut elsewhere, Riga was the place to be for lovers of good goaltending. Christopher Holt and Alexei Volkov proved unbeatable for more than 60 minutes of hockey, making 62 saves between them before Janis Sprukts won it for Dinamo Riga in overtime. Holt was the key man, however, successfully repelling two Dynamo Moscow penalty shots in the second period as Leonid Komarov and Artyom Chernov failed to find a way through.