Highlights of the day

Empty net
Spartak’s late insurance goal was the fourth time already this season that Vityaz sent on a sixth skater only to see their opponents score into their unguarded net. Lokomotiv, Barys and Metallurg Novokuznetsk have all allowed two empty net goals so far, whereas for Spartak it was the second one they had scored. During the whole of last season, Vityaz were only punished twice for pulling the goalie, whereas Spartak celebrated scoring into an open goal on five occasions.

Not even Bruckler is safe
Only one club in the KHL has still kept faith with a single goalie throughout. Vityaz keeper Kevin Lalande has started every game and lasted right until the end, only being substituted for a sixth skater. Until Saturday one could say the same about Torpedo, who had shown similar trust in Bernd Bruckler. But now, with more than 645 playing minutes under his belt, he has lost his place to Alexander Fomichev. And Bruckler’s figures have been impressive: 1.86 goals allowed per game, 93.4% of shots saved, and two shutouts already this season.

Two goals? No problem!
For the first time in this championship Dynamo Moscow conceded the first two goals in a game, but they fought back to claim a convincing victory. For the army men from Saint Petersburg, in contrast, it is already the second time they have thrown away such an advantage.

Figure of the day

Just 4 minutes of penalties were handed out to Dinamo Riga players. It is the most disciplined performance by the Latvian club this season.

Key players

Chris Holt (Dinamo Riga). Saved more than 30 shots for the third game running.

Ivan Baranka (Spartak, pictured). Scored a goal, earned a +2 and spent over 20 minutes on the ice.

Ilya Gorokhov (Atlant). Struck the game-winner, spent over 24 minutes in play, and finished at a +1.

Alexei Ugarov (Dynamo Moscow). Had just two shots during his 12 minutes and 13 seconds on the ice, but both found the target.

Andrei Kiryukhin (Lokomotiv). Also had two shots, one of which resulted in the winning goal.

Mikelis Redlihs (Dinamo Riga). Took a goal, an assist, and a rating of +2 from the game.

Quotes of the day

“For some reason, on the road our combination play is better, and the guys are not so inhibited in their play,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

Nabokov was not to blame for the goals he conceded. I pulled him from the game because I wanted to shake up the team. It was mistakes by our forwards - not tracking back - that led to those goals,” SKA head coach Ivan Zanatta.

“The first period went badly for us; you could see we were giving our opponents too much respect,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.

“We only started playing in the third period, and you have to play for the whole game if you want to win,” Vityaz head coach Alexei Yarushkin.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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