Highlights of the day
First clear victory
Metallurg Novokuznetsk had to wait until their fifth game of the season to celebrate taking three points from a game with today’s victory over Traktor. For the club from Kemerovo Region it is their worst start in the KHL. In the first championship Metallurg enjoyed a regulation time win in only their second game, beating Dinamo Minsk, and last season they tasted success in their very first game, conquering Sibir. It is worth quoting another statistic: in 2008/2009 Metallurg had a total of 12 regulation time wins and occupied 21st place in the regular championship, while the following year they boasted 13 outright victories – and finished 24th.
Salavat Yulaev scored twice in powerplay in the game against Sibir, and for making the man advantage count the Ufa men now have a phenomenal success rate of 34.48%. Last season, the best team on this score was SKA with 22.84%, and in the first KHL championship no-one could game Torpedo’s conversion rate of 19.87%. Interestingly, this season, the very same Torpedo is the only team in the League still waiting to score while outnumbering the opposition.
New record holder
CSKA’s netminder Steve Valiquette is the first goalie this season to achieve two consecutive clean sheets, and to achieve this he had to deal with 67 shots; moreover, 47 of these came in the one game, against Sibir. Steve has now played four games this season and faced 112 attempts on his goal, although this only makes him the 17th busiest keeper in the League. Kevin Lalande of Vityaz has been called to action more than any other goalie, having already faced 170 shots, of which only 14 found the net.
Mikhail Biryukov (Yugra). Saved 31 shots and was unbeaten in the shoot-out, earning his team two points from the trip to Chekhov.
Zakhar Arzamastsev (Metallurg Novokuznetsk, pictured). Was on the ice for a little under 10 minutes, but still managed to score against Traktor.
Evgeny Kurbatov (CSKA). In over 22 minutes on the ice he scored one goal, turned creator for two more, and earned a +3.
Ryan Vesce (Torpedo). Added a goal and an assist to his account, had five shots at goal and finished with a +2.
Jozef Stumpel (Dinamo Minsk). Picked up four points (1+3).
Martins Karsums (Dinamo Riga). Scored twice for the second time in a row, spent over 14 minutes in play, and won all five face-offs.
Figure of the day
15,531 spectators watched the game between Dinamo Minsk and Ak Bars – a new record attendance for the KHL.
Quotes of the day
“We’ve lost three games in a row, and that’s already set the alarm bells ringing. We will be looking into it,” - Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
“I’m annoyed that so far it seems we just cannot score in powerplay,” - CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
“After we went 4:0 up we went to pieces, and we allowed our opponent to dictate the game,” - Spartak head coach Milos Riha.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru