Highlights of the day

Five-year pause
Vyacheslav Kozlov’s previous goal in a Russian championship was over five years ago, on the 5th of March 2005, when he scored for Ak Bars against SKA. Today, on his return from the NHL, the 38-year-old CSKA forward scored twice, and moreover Vyacheslav only needed a little under four minutes to hit his two goals.

Impressive, but still only the eighth fastest double of the current KHL championship.

Two short-handed goals
Strange goings on at the Dynamo Moscow vs Severstal encounter today, with both teams managing to score while outnumbered - the first shorthanded goals of the current campaign for both the men from Cherepovets and for the Muscovites.

Dinamo Minsk players are the League’s most dangerous to face when they are a man down. They have scored once while playing 3 on 4, and three times playing 4 on 5.

Quick return of fire
Dinamo Riga and Lokomotiv set a new record for the quickest exchange of goals this season, after just 12 seconds separated the two sides’ opening goals. Rodrigo Lavins opened the scoring, and Alexander Kalyanin swiftly equalized.

The teams did not quite match the record for the KHL, set in the first championship when goals from Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Severstal came just seven seconds apart.

Figure of the day

Konstantin Gorovikov set a new personal best by firing 8 shots at the Severstal goal. The Dynamo Moscow forward’s previous highest total was 6 shots during a game in the first KHL championship, but on that day Konstantin still failed to find the target – unlike today.

Key players

Jakub Stepanek (SKA). Saved 37 shots and was unbeaten throughout the shootout.

Roman Derlyuk (Dynamo Moscow). Added a goal and an assist to his account during almost 23 minutes on the ice.

Jekabs Redlihs (Dinamo Riga). Despite getting less playing time than all but one of his fellow defensemen, he still finished with an efficiency rating of +4.

Ryan Vesce (Torpedo). Struck the decisive goal in overtime, having earlier provided an assist, and finished at a +1.

Matt Ellison (Torpedo). Spent over 23 minutes on the ice – more than any other Torpedo player, including defenders – and scored one goal, created another, and earned a rating of +1.

Tomas Surovy (Dinamo Riga). Scored two goals, both of them short-handed, and gave the decisive pass for another, this time in power play; and finished at a +3.

Quotes of the day

“We needed to score a third, and then the game would’ve been ours,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

“We were emotionally drained after SKA and Spartak, and because of this we had some minor problems today,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.

“I’ve already thought seriously about whether to swap Platt with Stumpel. It could give us some fresh momentum in our play,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

“Did the refereeing influence the game? I would take a look at the penalty against Tsvetkov in overtime. It seemed to start with a foul by the Dynamo guy,” Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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