Result of the day
CSKA - Neftekhimik 4-5. Before this game Vladimir Krikunov, head coach at Neftekhimik, was trying to fathom why things had been going against his team lately: “It could be they are tired, but most of all, luck hasn’t been with us. Also, our goaltenders have been inconsistent and this has an affect on the rest. You never know which of the goalies will make the next mistake.”
On the evidence of this game, the men from Nizhnekamsk - only recently battling for leadership of their division - have still not left all their troubles behind. Keeper Vadim Tarasov is certainly not a blundering liability, but neither is he the savior who inspires confidence. The difference from the previous four games is that this time the forwards scored one more goal than the goalie conceded.
We must also note that the changes in the CSKA team have not brought any improvements to their game. Denis Kulyash has been blamed for venturing forward too often and neglecting his main duties in defense, but without him the team have managed just two regulation time wins, and the defense is clearly no tighter in his absence.
It is the third time that CSKA have lost after throwing away a two-goal advantage. Only three clubs in the League have a worse record on this count - Vityaz, Lada and Traktor. Sergei Nemchinov’s team can take some consolation in that they were conquered by the best side of all at fighting back from two goals down. Today’s triumph was the sixth time this season Neftekhimik have performed such exploits.
Parshin’s all-time low
CSKA attacker Denis Parshin has never before finished a match with such a terrible efficiency rating as the -4 he received today. Once this season, in the meeting with Dynamo Moscow, he merited a -2, and he also finished on this score twice in the previous championship.
End of the nightmare
Lada have at last put an end to their worst run of games in the KHL - seven defeats in a row. In this spell the team collected just the one point, scored only nine goals, conceded 25 in reply, and in two of these games they failed to manage a single goal.
Taking full advantage
Lada have finally overtaken Dinamo Minsk for total goals scored in powerplay. Petr Vorobiev’s team have now scored 36 goals while outnumbering the opposition, although there is still a long way to go before they catch the leaders: SKA have scored 56 such goals.
Vityaz forward Chris Simon (pictured) has set a club record in the KHL, having now collected at least two points from five games in a row. No other player at the club has even come close to matching such an exploit, although last season Gleb Klimenko scored at least one point in 10 straight matches.
Tereshchenko gets back in the habit
Last season Alexei Tereshchenko, while appearing for Salavat Yulaev, set the KHL record for number of short-handed goals scored, with six for the season. Having moved to Ak Bars, Alexei had only one such goal to his name until today’s match with Vityaz, in which he doubled his total for this championship. Now he joins the others in pursuit of Dmitry Tarasov of Sibir, who so far leads the way with three short-handed goals.
Figures of the day
33 shots at the CSKA goal from the Neftekhimik players.
55.6% of 18 face-offs won by Vityaz attacker Alexander Komaristy.
24 minutes 44 seconds spent in play by Ak Bars defenseman Andrei Pervyshin.
Alexei Semenov (Lada). Saved 24 shots, helping his team to break out of their long losing streak.
Marat Kalimulin (Lada). Helped to set up the game-winner, finished the game with an efficiency rating of +1
Renat Mamashev (Neftekhimik). Scored the winning goal, earned a rating of +2.
Alexander Komaristy (Vityaz). Scored two goals, won more face-offs than any other player in today’s games.
Eduard Lewandowski (Neftekhimik). Scores in every game for Neftekhimik, this time with a short-handed goal.
Chris Simon (Vityaz). Scored the decisive goal in overtime, and also claimed an assist.
“Lada never allowed us to get going, they defended very tight in their own zone,” - Torpedo head coach Evgeny Popikhin.
“In no way is the goalie to blame, he rescued us several times during the game,” - CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
“It’s great that it finished that way for us,” - Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru