Result of the day
CSKA – SKA 2-3. It is something to behold, how the return of Vyacheslav Fetisov to hockey drew 5,600 spectators (The Army Men’s first full house) and the KHL press service was swamped with applications and requests from the media, who had never shown the slightest interest in hockey before. To step out once again onto the professional hockey stage when you are over fifty is indeed incredible, although Fetisov himself will not be satisfied with his game. He did not manage a single strike at goal in 8 minutes, and finished with a -1.

But from a PR point of view, however, the Fetisov effect is resounding. There can hardly be anyone left who has not heard of the KHL. This is especially important in Moscow, where few tend to go to hockey, in contrast to Riga, for example, where a packed stadium awaited the visit of Lada - hardly the strongest opponents.

The day’s other matches produced the following results: Traktor - Avangard 3-2, Dinamo Riga - Lada 4-1, Dinamo Minsk - Ak Bars 1-4, Atlant - Torpedo 2-0, Dynamo Moscow - Neftekhimik 4-0, Avtomobilist - Barys 5-2, Metallurg Magnitogorsk - Salavat Yulaev 4-5 SO, Severstal - Vityaz 5-1.

85 matches without a goal
Lada defenseman Andrei Yesipov’s career at the top level also includes spells with Krylya Sovetov, Lokomotiv, Torpedo and Severstal. Goals from Andrei have been few and far between, a modest 11 since season 1998-99. In today’s came at Dinamo Riga, Yesipov scored his first goal in the KHL, ending a barren run of 85 games.

37 players
Sergei Varlamov, who played up front for Minsk Dinamo against Ak Bars, became the 37th player to appear for the Belarusian club this season. So far this term Dinamo have fielded 12 defensemen, 2 goaltenders and 23 attackers. Hannes Hyvonen has been the pick of the forwards, with 27 points (16+11) to his name. 8 members of the Minsk attack have still not scored a goal this season.

No problem
Dynamo Moscow goaltender Vitaly Yeremeyev has not conceded a goal for 149 minutes of play. He needs to remain unbeaten for less than a game in order to beat the current record for the season, 175 minutes, held by Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Ilya Proskuryakov.

Goaltender - goal-maker
Avtomobilist’s Ivan Lisutin has joined the list of goaltenders in the KHL who have provided the assist for a goal. The leader, Robert Esche, would be the envy of many a player, with three assists to his account. In all, 14 keepers have taken part in scoring moves, but only Avtomobilist can boast that both goaltenders used this season have set up goals for their teammates.

First slip-up
For the first time this season Metallurg Magnitogorsk have lost after being two goals ahead. Valeri Belousov’s team have led by two goals on 21 occasions and had not surrendered such a lead - until today. It is the second time in eight games that Salavat Yulaev have fought back to win from two down; the Ufa men once even clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit to claim victory.

Triple triumph
Severstal have won three straight matches in regulation time for the first time this season, scoring 15 goals and conceding only 5. The record in the KHL for the Vologda Region team is four such clear victories.

Gerber joins the top trio
Martin Gerber, goaltender for Atlant, with his second clean sheet of the season, is now one of the League’s top three foreign keepers. Conceding an average of just 2.1 goals per game, he is bettered only by Robert Esche and Karri Ramo. Gerber is second top of all goaltenders for featuring in victories. With Martin between the pipes, Atlant have won 19 times, a figure matched by Ilya Proskuryakov for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Figures of the day
76 shots in the match between Severstal and Vityaz.

41 of these were from Vityaz.

6 shots on goal from Lada attacker Roman Kukumberg.

30 minutes 27 seconds spent in play by Barys defenseman Peter Podhradsky.

87% of 23 face-offs won by Severstal attacker Josef Straka.

Key players
Martin Gerber (Atlant). Saved 26 shots and kept his second clean sheet of the season.

Ilya Gorokhov (Salavat Yulaev). Scored two goals.

Alexander Budkin (Traktor). Struck the decisive goal in the game against Avangard.

Alexander Avtsyn (Dynamo Moscow). Opened his account with his first goal of the championship and added an assist.

Alexei Simakov (Avtomobilist). Scored one goal and set up two more.

Maxim Sushinsky (SKA). Scored two goals, including the game-winner.

“It’s the first year we haven’t beaten Dynamo. Nothing like it has happened before,” - Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

“Vyacheslav Fetisov said in the changing room first of all that he won’t play any more,” - CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

“But really, I’m a very happy man today,” - CSKA defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov.

Alexei Shevchenko,

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