Highlights of the day
Igor Grigorenko is the fourth player of this championship to score three goals in one game, and for this the Salavat Yulaev attacker needed only 32 and a half minutes, less than his predecessors Juhamatti Aaltonen, Denis Mosalev, and Patrick Thoresen.
It is Grigorenko’s first hat-trick in the KHL, but it had been coming. In the first championship he failed to manage more than one goal in any game, but last season he struck doubles against Lokomotiv, Lada and HC MVD.
Overtime joy for Metallurg
One of the most deadly teams last season in overtime and the shoot-out was Metallurg Magnitogorsk, but today’s shoot-out victory over Yugra was the first time this season the club has earned two points from a game. The ‘Steelworkers’ had previously suffered defeat in added time by both Salavat Yulaev and Traktor.
It is worth remembering that just a year ago seven of the Magnitogorsk men’ games went to overtime, and they won two of these during the extra five minutes, while the other five progressed to the shoot-out – four of which went their way and just the one ended in defeat.
The record for the fastest goal of the season changed hands twice in one hour today. In Cherepovets, Vadim Yepanchintsev put Severstal ahead a mere 25 seconds after the opening face-off, but just 45 minutes later the game in Moscow began, and Dynamo’s Vladimir Gorbunov went four seconds better with his lightning strike against Spartak.
Curiously, it was another Dynamo player who struck last season’s quickest goal, when Jiri Hudler needed only 12 seconds to breach the defenses of Dinamo Riga.
The KHL record was set during the first season, and that too was scored by a Dynamo man: Alexei Kaluzhny celebrated a goal just eight seconds into a game against Salavat Yulaev.
Figure of the day
5 shots was all the men from Ufa needed to hit two goals past Karri Ramo.
Michael Garnett (Dynamo Moscow). Saved 35 shots and helped his team to a convincing victory in the Moscow derby.
Andrei Kuteykin (Salavat Yulaev). Scored with a shot from inside his own zone and also made two assists.
Maxim Solovyev (Dynamo Moscow). Scored a goal and earned a rating of +4.
Stanislav Zhmakin (Severstal). Spent under 12 minutes on the ice, but it was enough to make one assist and then score the goal which won the game against Atlant.
Vadim Berdnikov (Vityaz). Struck a double against SKA, one of them short-handed.
Igor Grigorenko (Salavat Yulaev). Scored three goals, including the game-winner.
Quotes of the day
“The kind of goal Kuteykin scored happens quite often, practically every year. With goals like that it all depends on the goalie’s concentration,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.
“We took our preparations for the game with Yugra very seriously. All the more so, because we understand just how narrow the gap in class is between the two teams,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.
“After the victory over Carolina a few thought they could rest for a couple of days. It was a bit of a patchwork team we sent out today,” SKA head coach Ivan Zanatta.
“I don’t feel under any pressure from the management, but I do realize just what is going on at the moment,” Spartak head coach Milos Riha.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru