Highlights of the day

Aggressive Riga
Martins Karsums (pictured) today struck Dinamo Riga’s second short-handed goal of the new season, and it was a little trickier than the first, scored by Alexanders Nizivijs into an empty net. We should also mention that Dinamo Minsk have been just as combative as their Riga namesakes when outnumbered this season, and also have two short-handed goals to their name.

Traktor stalling
Traktor’s players have now missed three regulation time penalty shots already this season. Evgeny Kuznetsov missed the first, back on the 15th of September, and today both Vitaly Yachmenev and Nikita Korovkin failed to beat the goalie. They can take some comfort from the fact that it is not just Traktor who have a problem putting away their penalty shots: barring the shoot-outs, there have so far been 11 awarded in the KHL this season, and only two of these have been successfully converted.

Figure of the day

6 shots were fired at the Traktor goal by Ak Bars forward Marcel Hossa. All the same, not a single one of them found the target.

Key players

Stanislav Galimov (Ak Bars). Made 24 saves, and proved equal to both penalty shots awarded against his team.

Vyacheslav Belov (Sibir). Scored one goal and finished at a +1.

Filipp Metlyuk (Yugra). Scored a goal and merited a +2 - the best rating of any defenseman in his team.

Pavel Vorobyev (Yugra). In under 12 minutes on the ice he still had three attempts on goal, and he made two of them count.

Martins Karsums (Dinamo Riga). Scored his third double of the season, and also added an assist to his account.

Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars). Set up two goals and scored the game-winner.

Quotes of the day

“In the second period today, after going 1-2 down, we were scampering a little here and there, we didn’t start playing the way we can,’ - Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev.

“It’s hard for me to talk right now, although I could say a heck of a lot, and it would be better if I only said it in Czech,” - Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

“We had the attitude and the desire, but our opponents today took advantage of their powerplays twice as much as we did,” - Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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