Highlights of the day
Both Traktor and Avtomobilist are today celebrating their first regulation time wins of the new season. The Yekaterinburg men are much quicker out of the starting blocks this time around than in the previous season, when the KHL debutants had to wait until the ninth game before collecting all three points with a victory over Sibir. Curiously, that success was also achieved away from home.
For the men from Chelyabinsk, in contrast, such a sluggish start is a new experience. In the first season of the KHL, Traktor tasted outright victory in their very first outing, and last season success arrived in only the second. There are now just two teams left in the KHL who have not yet managed a single regulation time win – Amur and Vityaz.
Moscow army man Steve Valiquette’s unbeaten spell in goal is over, but only after he extended it to 181 minutes and 8 seconds. The CSKA goalie surpassed by 80 minutes the new season’s previous best, belonging to Torpedo’s Bernd Bruckler.
Day of doubles
No less than ten players scored doubles in today’s games. The fastest came from Novosibirsk man Ville Nieminen, who struck twice in only 3 minutes and 38 seconds, although this is still only the third fastest of the current championship.
Torpedo’s Ryan Vesce had to wait the longest for his second goal - 41 minutes and 34 seconds. It is also worth noting that only a couple of weeks into the new season a total of 39 players have already managed two goals in a single game.
Figure of the day
After the heavy fines, suspensions, and stern warnings handed out after the infamous mass brawl caused the corresponding game last season to be abandoned, today’s Vityaz vs Avangard clash saw the teams receive a total of 144 minutes of penalties, with the lion’s share of 119 minutes going to the hosts.
Ivan Kasutin (Neftekhimik). His 35 saves helped the Nizhnekamsk men earn a convincing victory.
Andrei Konev (Traktor). Added a double to his account, including the game-winner, and merited a +1.
Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv). Also scored a double and earned a +1; spent over 25 minutes on the ice.
Ville Nieminen (Sibir). Had four attempts at goal, two of which found the target.
Charles Linglet (Torpedo). Helped his team clinch an away win by starring in all of his side’s goals, scoring the first and providing the assists for two more, and finished with an efficiency rating of +2.
Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars). Struck a double, already his second of the season, and finished with a +1.
Quotes of the day
“If you noticed, for the first ten minutes we had the upper hand, only without managing any shots,” - Torpedo head coach Vladimir Golubovich.
“Against Lokomotiv we played well, but now – again - we achieved absolutely nothing, our legs weren’t working, and we were making basic errors,” - Spartak head coach Milos Riha.
“The team was just dead today,” - Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
“I’m pleased with the third line I chose, because they got us the result today. In the previous game these guys were at a -3,” - Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
“Two goals from two home games – that’s very poor. Very poor.” - Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru