Highlights of the day

SKA spellbound by Riga
From now on, the Petersburg Army Men have no choice but to focus their attention on Dinamo Riga more intently than on any other opponent. With last season’s painful elimination by the Latvians in the first round of the play-offs still fresh in the memory, SKA nevertheless suffered another reversal at the hands of the Riga outfit.

First clean sheet for Gelashvili
Last season Georgy Gelashvili kept his goal intact six times while in the colors of Lokomotiv. On this score, however, he was surpassed by Vasily Koshechkin, who for Lada and Metallurg Magnitogorsk managed a perfect game on eight occasions.

Three-time creator
Alexander Radulov is the first player of this championship to claim three assists in one game. The Salavat Yulaev attacker also set up three goals in the one game last season, when his victims were Vityaz.

Bad boys
CSKA players, during their derby defeat by Spartak, collected 22 minutes of penalties, and all of them of the two-minute variety, making the Moscow Army Men the most ill-disciplined of all the teams playing today.

Key players
Dominik Hasek (Spartak). The legendary goaltender opened his Russian career with a victory over his club’s fiercest rivals.

Andrei Kuteykin (Salavat Yulaev). Scored one goal, set up another, and was one of his team’s most productive defensemen, earning an efficiency rating of +2.

Evgeny Korolev (Torpedo). Provided one assist, and was rated the best defenseman in his team, picking up a +2, although he also earned two trips to the penalty bench.

Alexanders Nizivijs (Dinamo Riga). Scored two points, with a goal and an assist, and he struck his game-winning goal just five seconds from the end of overtime.

Alexander Suglobov (Spartak). Scored two his team’s goals against his former club and made the decisive pass for another.

Igor Mirnov (Sibir). Helped his club to a difficult away victory, firstly with an assist and then with the game-winning goal.

Quotes of the day
“To be honest with you, it was difficult to foresee a positive result for our team. SKA still have a squad of top class players. We came here to take one point and we’re leaving with two,” - Dinamo Riga head coach Julius Supler.

“You just can’t play if you lose your discipline,” - SKA head coach Ivan Zanatta.

“Before the third period I asked the players to play it more simply, just fire the puck into the opposition’s zone and then battle for possession. That tactic brought us the result,” - Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

“In the third period we quickly conceded a goal, and we didn’t have enough strength left to fight back from that,” - Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Popikhin.

“I didn’t expect so many of my players to show such inconsistency,” - Traktor head coach Andrei Sidorenko.

Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru

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