Match of the day
Dynamo Moscow 1
Dinamo Riga 5
What a curious coincidence: every new Minsk coach guides the team to first victory in his third game in charge. This was the story with John Hughes, then with Vasily Spiridonov, and now with Alexander Andriyevsky. Actually, the same can be said about their previous coach Glen Hanlon as well – his third game saw Dinamo’s first regulation-time win.
Games like that really give the boost to any team’s self-respect. Moscow side came so close to take the lead in Western Conference, showing their best winning streak in six years. And with stars like Mattias Weinhandl and Jiri Hudler on form Dynamo is a real force to reckon. But Minsk were probably too busy with their own problems to pay attention to things like that.
Early lead squandered
For the second time this season SKA lost after going two goals up. Previously they’ve been beaten 3-2 by Dynamo Moscow. Now, at least, they managed to survive till shootouts only to lose to Avangard Omsk by the same score.
Salavat Yulayev’s forward Alexander Radulov (pictured) has scored points in nine successive games, which brings him on a level with season’s leader Gennady Churilov of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Barys’ Maxim Spiridonov is also close having scored points in eight games in a row.
For the first time in their history Atlant couldn’t score in two consecutive games.
Yet another resignation
Sibir Novosibirsk became the sixth club to part company with the head coach. 3-2 home defeat to Neftekhimik on Tuesday proved to be Vladimir Semenov’s last game in charge.
Salavat Yulayev’s 7-1 demolition of Severstal was sixth consecutive regulation-time win for Ufa side which adds at least one point to its tally in 10 games in a row. Team’s record is 13 games with points – last season under Sergei Mikhalev they’ve suffered only two shootouts defeats during that spell.
Seven years apart
Defenseman Vitaly Lyutkevich played his first game for Dinamo Minsk against Dynamo Moscow. This was his first appearance on the top level after 2002-03 when he’s been playing for his today’s opponents. Now we need to wait until he scores his first points. When/if that happens the break will be even longer since his last points are dated back to 2001-02, then with Neftekhimik.
For the third time this season Belarus side scored a shorthanded goal which is one goal shy of their last season’s record. This term’s leaders are CSKA and Severstal, with four shorthanded goals for each team.
Salavat Yulayev had 36 shots on Severstal’s goal.
Dinamo Minsk forward Hannes Hyvonen had 7 shots on Dynamo Moscow goal and scored three points (2+1).
Barys’ defenseman Kevin Dallman spent 24 min 23 sec on ice.
Dinamo Minsk forward Jeff Platt won 77.3 per cent of his face-offs.
Barys’ goalie Jeff Glass saved 29 shots for his first clean sheet of the season.
Salavat Yulayev’s Patrick Thoresen scored twice and added one assist to finish the game against Severstal at a +4.
Quote of the day
«We've got to recharge our batteries during a Eurotour break,» Dynamo Moscow head coach Andrei Khomutov.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru