Highlights of the day
Four by four
Sergei Mozyakin bagged four points in a game for the fourth time in his KHL career. In the first championship the Atlant attacker made the decisive passes for four goals against Salavat Yulaev, then scored a double and added two assists versus Khimik. Last season Torpedo were the victims as Sergei enjoyed another “2+2” and today he collected his points in the same fashion against Lokomotiv. He is not the first player this season, however, to grab four points in the one game. That honor belongs to Magnitogorsk’s Denis Platonov.
Alexander Radulov had three assists in the game against Avangard – the second time this season the Ufa man has achieved such a feat. It is no surprise that Alexander already heads the list of assistants for the new season with eight decisive passes to his name. Apart from Radulov, three other players distinguished themselves by setting up three of their team’s goals, and all in the game in Yaroslavl: Lokomotiv's Vitaly Anikeyenko and Pavol Demitra, and also Vadim Yepanchintsev of Atlant.
Dangerous when outnumbered
Avtomobilist’s Evgeny Dubrovin became the ninth player of this championship to score a short-handed goal. Interestingly, in all of last season Avtomobilist scored only two goals while outnumbered – with only Avangard managing fewer.
Figure of the day
15 shots were struck by Lokomotiv’s players at the Atlant net in the 32 minutes Vitaly Koval spent between the pipes, and four of these found the target.
Vitaly Yeremeyev (Barys). Was victorious on his very first game for his new club, saving 26 shots out of 27.
Andrei Kuteykin (Salavat Yulaev). Collected three points in the game against Avangard, with a goal and two assists.
Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv). Struck the winning goal in overtime – the second game-winner from the defenseman already this season.
Brandon Bochenski (Barys). Spent a little under 20 minutes on the ice (the longest spell in play of any attacker in the game) and scored two goals.
Josef Vasicek (Lokomotiv). Spent almost 25 minutes out on the ice, scored a double, won 65% of face-offs and merited an efficiency rating of +2.
Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant). Even his four points couldn’t bring victory to Atlant against Lokomotiv.
Quotes of the day
“Several of our players drifted out of position, so it would hard for us to expect a positive result,” - Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev.
“I failed to get it into the guys’ heads that Barys start very strongly. We made mistakes and just presented our opponents with the chance to score,” - Metallurg head coach Novokuznetsk Dmitri Parkhomenko.
“I believe we deserved the victory, although we could have wrapped up the win back in the second period,” - Torpedo head coach Vladimir Golubovich.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru