Highlights of the day
Atlant is the second club this season to dismiss the coach, moving Nikolai Borshchevsky on to other duties and appointing Vyacheslav Uvayev as acting head coach. Borshchevsky has been at the club for almost a year, having replaced Evgeny Popikhin in November 2009, and he started with a 3-2 win over CSKA. His record victory at Atlant was the 7-2 thrashing of Torpedo, and the record defeat was a 2-6 at the hands of Ak Bars.
Yugra goalie Mikhail Biryukov’s clean sheet against Traktor is only the second of his entire KHL career. The first time he kept his goal intact was back on the 23rd February 2009, when he saved 34 shots from Amur. This time his workload was a little lighter, as the world champion was only called to action 16 times. We should mention that Biryukov has faced 146 shots already this season and let in only 9, saving 93.8% of attempts on his goal – a higher percentage than he ever achieved in the first two KHL championships.
Thoresen’s triple strike
Salavat Yulaev attacker Patrick Thoresen scored his first hat-trick of the season, and capped this by converting the winning shot in the shoot-out. Last season the Norwegian forward bagged three goals in a game on two occasions, and both times the victims were Vityaz. Patrick needed more than 51 minutes to score today’s hat-trick, whereas the two against Vityaz were considerably faster: 18 and 27 minutes.
Figure of the day
All 5 goals in the Avangard vs CSKA game were scored in power play, with the men from Omsk converting 42.9% of their chances, and the Muscovites – 33.3%.
Alexander Ryazantsev (Avtomobilist). Scored his first goal for his new club and earned a rating of +2.
Filipp Metlyuk (Yugra). Spent over 20 minutes on the ice and finished at a +1.
Enver Lisin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Marked his club debut with a goal and an assist.
Mikhail Varnakov (Torpedo). Scored his second double of the season.
Jan Marek (CSKA). Struck his first double of the season, scoring both goals in power play.
Quotes of the day
“Vasily Tikhonov took all the pre-game training, and I’d like to thank him for getting everything organized,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“In the second and third periods Traktor obviously had the upper hand, and he stopped everything they threw at him,” Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev on Mikhail Biryukov.
“This game was an excellent illustration of the fact that there are no weak teams in the KHL,” Salavat Yulaev attacker Viktor Kozlov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru