Nizhny Novgorod (17:00)
With the completion of the second round of the Gagarin Cup, the KHL has named those players who were the best of the Conferences semi-finals in four categories.
- The title of best goaltender is awarded to Ivan Kasutin (Neftekhimik). Ivan played six games, only two of which were victories, but still managed one clean sheet, conceded an average of just 1.55 goals per game and saved 95.3% of the shots he faced. During the series against Salavat Yulaev, he kept his goal intact for 127 minutes and 16 seconds, the longest unbeaten spell of any goaltender taking part in the conference semi-finals.
- The title of best defenseman is awarded to Dmitry Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev). In his six games he scored one goal, supplied the decisive pass for another, and achieved an efficiency rating of +4. Indeed, Kalinin played in every game of the series without receiving a single negative rating.
- The title of best attacker is awarded to Alexei Mikhnov (Lokomotiv, pictured). The Yaroslavl club’s forward featured in six games, scoring four goals (including one game-winner), making five assists and earning a rating of +7.
- The title of best rookie is awarded to 19-year-old defenseman Maxim Berezin (Neftekhimik). He played in all six of his team’s semi-final games against Salavat Yulaev and in only one of these was he given a negative rating. Berezin spent an average of 14 minutes 49 seconds out on the ice.