Result of the day
Traktor – Torpedo 1-4. The match with Torpedo, who do not boast a particularly aggressive game on their travels, once again laid bare the problems facing Andrei Nazarov’s team. It may seem to some that the goaltenders are just not performing. This is partially true, but what kind of truly great goaltender could have put right the kind of blunders displayed in this match? Vladislav Fokin, who shipped three goals from six shots, was simply abandoned by his teammates.
In the day’s other matches, Metallurg defeated Vityaz, 5-3, and Avtomobilist were beaten by CSKA, 1-4.
Traktor occupy third place from the bottom in the table of points collected in home matches. Fifteen games on their own ice have brought Andrei Nazarov’s team just four wins in regulation time, two more from shoot-outs, and an overtime defeat - a mere 17 points overall. The worst club in the League for scoring home points is Vityaz, with a paltry 12.
Fokin’s bad day
The Traktor goaltender let in three goals from six shots, just nine minutes into the game, but Fokin has had an even worse match this season. Having come on as a substitute in the match against Dinamo Minsk, he conceded a goal within a minute and was sent back to the bench.
CSKA attacker Nikita Filatov (pictured) has played a mere three matches in the KHL, but has already set a record for the League, having scored three game-winning goals in a row. No player has managed anything like such a sequence before. The tournament leader for scoring winning goals is Alexei Morozov, who has struck six in total.
CSKA on the rise
Never before in KHL history had the capital’s Army Men managed three straight regulation time victories on the road. They have had runs of collecting points in four consecutive away games, but a 100% record over three successive matches had eluded them until now. It is also the first time this season that CSKA have conceded only two goals in a three-match spell.
So far, Vityaz are the most watchable team of the championship. Already 182 goals have been scored in games featuring the Chekhov outfit. This fact is unlikely to please their coaches - indeed, Vityaz’s goals against total, 108, is the highest in the KHL - but the supporters attending their games are certainly getting value for money. A ticket to see Vityaz is practically a guarantee of seeing seven goals, such is the average number scored in their matches.
Figures of the day
39 shots on theVityaz goal by the players of Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
24 minutes spent on the ice from Traktor defenseman Alexander Budkin.
80% of 15 face-offs won by Magnitogorsk attacker Tomas Rolinek.
5 shots fired on goal by Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Vladimir Malenkikh and Denis Platonov and Vityaz forward Gleb Klimenko.
Alexander Pimankin (Torpedo). Made 30 saves in his debut match guarding the Torpedo net.
Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA). Made two assists and finished the match with a +2.
Nikita Filatov (CSKA). Excelled for the third successive match, this time adding a goal to his account.
Denis Parshin (CSKA). Collected three points, having scored two goals and made one assist.
Toni Koivisto (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Also earned himself three points, with two assists and a goal.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru