Highlights of the day
Lalande on the bench
Vityaz goaltender Kevin Lalande stayed ever-present between the pipes for the first 14 games of the season, but halfway through game 15 he finally made way for Alexei Yegorov. Until that moment the Chekhov side was the only team to have kept faith with the same goalie. Lalande, a rookie in the KHL, has celebrated just one victory with his new club. He has allowed 46 goals but saved 440 shots, and is the leading keeper in the KHL regarding playing time, having clocked up 883 minutes. However, Kevin’s goals-against average puts him down in 34th place with 3.12, and he occupies 25th place in the save percentage table, with 90.5%.
Severstal come to a halt
Before today’s defeat, the Cherepovets men had equaled the club record run of taking points from six successive games, comprising five regulation time wins and an overtime defeat. Impressive as it may seem, Dmitry Kvartalnov’s side did not quite match the points total of last season’s six-game spell, when the club enjoyed five victories in regulation time plus a win in the shoot-out. But in this campaign Severstal took three points from four games in a row, matching another club record for their time in the KHL which they set in the first championship.
Figure of the day
30 minutes – the length of the delay to the start of the CSKA – Spartak derby after the Red-and-Whites were stuck in a traffic jam.
Andrei Mezin (Dinamo Minsk). Saved 27 shots, helping his team to their second win in a row.
Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv). Scored another double, this time with both goals in power play.
David Petrasek (Dinamo Minsk). Spent more than 22 minutes on the ice, set up two goals and earned a rating of +3.
Andrei Kiryukhin (Lokomotiv). After his three assists in his last game he improved his statistics further with a goal today.
Evgeny Fedorov (Spartak). Spent over 21 minutes in play – more than any other forward in the game – and struck two goals.
Jeff Platt (Dinamo Minsk). Scored his team’s second, which became the game-winner, and later made the assist for the fifth.
Quotes of the day
“The team spirit and commitment for this game were at their maximum,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
“We arrived late for the game, so it was far from easy for us at the start,” Spartak head coach Andrei Yakovenko.
“We enjoyed a bit more possession than they did, but hockey is made by those little moments, and in those Dinamo turned out to be the stronger,” Severstal head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov.
“Yes, our opponents had more fire power, but our first two goals proved decisive,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
“Possibly, our problem is a lack of fitness – I think we’ll put it right in a couple of weeks,” Vityaz head coach Andrei Nazarov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru