Highlights of the day

Firing blanks
Atlant remains the only club of the new campaign yet to penetrate the opponents’ defenses. The team’s dry spell now stretches to 125 minutes, or 131 minutes 6 seconds if we include the end of last season. The men from Moscow Region also suffered two straight scoreless games in the previous championship, and moreover both of those were also on their own ice. Last October they were given a 0-6 hammering at the hands of Salavat Yulaev and followed this with a 0-3 defeat to Barys, so admittedly at least their defending has improved.

Four-star Platonov
For the first time in his career, Denis Platonov (pictured) struck four goals in a single game, and becomes only the fifth player in KHL history to achieve such a haul. The Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward repeats a feat achieved twice in each of the previous two seasons, joining Jaroslav Kudrna, Stefan Ruzicka, Alexei Morozov and Maxim Yakutsenya in the record books. Platonov had never before managed more than two goals in a KHL game.

Three in a row
Sibir’s three wins out of three is by far the club’s best start in the KHL. In the first championship, the Novosibirsk men began the season with home games, but still lost to Dinamo Minsk and Dynamo Moscow, before conquering Dinamo Riga in overtime, and they also kicked off last season with two straight defeats, away in Novokuznetsk then at home to Torpedo, before finally tasting success with a shootout win over Vityaz. It is worth noting that the last time the club started a season with a treble of victories was way back in season 2002-03, when the Siberians returned to the Superleague.

Figure of the day

Just 18 seconds separated Yugra’s second and third goals against Spartak.

Key players

Mikhail Biryukov (Yugra). Saved 29 shots to help his team claim their first ever victory in the KHL.

Andrei Plekhanov (Amur). His goal in overtime secured him team’s first win of the season.

Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv). Struck the game-winner against Atlant.

Yury Petrov (Sibir). Scored the decisive goal which brought his team their third win in a row.

Yegor Averin (Avangard). Struck a double in the game against Severstal, and the first was a shorthanded game-winner.

Lukas Kaspar (Barys). Was out on the ice for over 21 minutes, during which he collected three points – two goals and an assist.

Quotes of the day

“We forgot that there’s more to the game than just attacking,” - CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

“You simply cannot play like that, and it’s all the fault of the coaches for not hammering that message into the players while the score was still 2-2,” - Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.

“The first period confirmed our problems, and we were lucky Metallurg didn’t score more than the one goal. We were playing a lot of fancy stuff and very little hockey,” - Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

“We could have lost if our opponent had scored first. We weren’t ready for such a game,” - Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

“It’s hard when half of your team wants to play and tries to play, and the other half doesn’t,” - Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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