Highlights of the day

Cervenka’s goal blitz
Roman Cervenka (pictured) has claimed the fastest double of the new season. No-one had even broken the 1-minute barrier until Cervenka; indeed, the previous fastest double, scored by Lokomotiv’s Josef Vasicek, was timed at 1 minute 53 seconds, but today the Avangard hitman needed only 29 seconds to fire two goals past Dinamo Riga’s hapless defense.

The timing of Cervenka’s lightning double strike makes the achievement even more memorable: both goals were scored in the last minute of regulation time, with his team trailing 1-3 and the outcome of the game seemingly settled. In the end, sadly for Roman, the Omsk men still went on to lose in the shoot-out.

It’s raining goals
Today’s Ak Bars v Salavat Yulaev encounter turned out to be the highest-scoring game of the current championship, with the two clubs sharing 12 goals. While it is a record for the new season, it is far from unique for the KHL, and has occurred no fewer than 13 times during the first two championships. The highest-scoring game of all took place in Astana on the 4th of January 2009, when Barys defeated Vityaz 11-6.

Figure of the day

66.7%. This is Salavat Yulaev’s impressive rate of converting their powerplays into goals in the game against Ak Bars. The Kazan club had a man sent to the penalty box on six occasions, and four times Salavat made them pay.

Key players

Yann Danis (Amur). Saved 48 shots to keep his goal intact against Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars). Spent over 25 minutes on the ice and made 4 assists, finishing the at a +3.

Evgeny Ryasensky (Neftekhimik). Scored one goal and also finished at a +3.

Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars). Scored a double, and one of these was the game-winner.

Niko Kapanen (Ak Bars). Scored one goal, created another, and won nearly 70% of face-offs.

Roman Cervenka (Avangard). Struck a double in the very last minute to take the game into overtime.

Quotes of the day

“We lost our playing rhythm, and no way could we get it back. Although we did score four goals,” - Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

“When the score reached 3-0, we stopped playing, and Avtomobilist did the opposite: they started playing,” - Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

“Well done to our guys for showing such fighting spirit, but we really need to play from the first minute to the last, and not just at the end,” - Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Popikhin.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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