Highlights of the day
Amur back to their best
Amur celebrated their second straight regulation time victory, equaling the club record for their time in the KHL. It is worth recalling the team’s best ever spells in KHL. Their best winning sequence, including overtimes and shoot-outs, is 3 – and moreover, the men from Khabarovsk have performed this feat in each season in the new league. The longest run of games from which Amur have taken points is 5, and it came in the first KHL championship. The sequence consisted of one defeat in added time, another via the shoot-out, plus three victories – two in regulation time and one which went to overtime.
All of hockey has long since grown accustomed to Canadian Darsy Verot’s habit of being sent to the bench for several minutes in every game, and being the first Vityaz player back in the changing room after the officials have dealt him another major penalty, but in the game at Severstal the forward surpassed himself, picking up a 20+5 minute penalty in just the second minute of play. In all, Darsy spent just 20 seconds on the ice. Verot used to wait a lot longer before gathering penalty minutes. His fastest ever dismissal came two years ago against Neftekhimik, when he committed his foul just 2 minutes and 27 seconds after the face-off, but even then he had managed to enjoy almost a minute and a half on the ice.
A new pain
Dynamo Moscow suffered their first 0-1 home defeat in their entire history in the KHL. Very rare are the occasions when the Blue-and-Whites leave their home arena without scoring at least one goal: In the first KHL championship they went down 0-2 to Neftekhimik, and last season were beaten 0-3 by Salavat Yulaev. Interestingly, it is not the first time Torpedo have beaten the Muscovites while keeping their goal intact: Two years ago, when these clubs met in Nizhny Novgorod, the game finished with the hosts winning 3-0.
Figure of the day
63 seconds. In that time, the scoreboard at the Severstal v Vityaz game changed three times – from 1:1 to 3:2. Vityaz took the lead twice during the game, but were still unable to hold on to a first win of the season.
Bernd Bruckler (Torpedo). Saved 45 shots for his second shutout of the season.
Brett Skinner (Amur). Spent over 17 minutes on the ice, and gratefully capitalized on a powerplay with a goal.
Bogdan Kiselevich (Severstal). Scored the winning goal and was the only defenseman in the game to earn a positive rating of +1.
Stephen Dixon (Amur). Set up the first goal of the game and then for the second game running scored the winner.
Andrei Nikitenko (Torpedo). Struck the only goal of the game, converting a penalty shot midway through the first period.
Sergei Soin (Severstal). Scored his first goal of the season, and won 52.9% of 17 face-offs.
Quotes of the day
“We stayed patient, even when 1-2 behind, we didn’t leave ourselves open, we kept playing our own hockey to our own system,” Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.
“On the whole, the game never really got going, especially the second period,” Torpedo head coach Vladimir Golubovich.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru