Highlights of the day

Thoresen’s quickfire treble
Patrick Thoresen (pictured) struck a hat-trick in just 35 minutes and 10 seconds, and only one player has scored a faster treble strike this season: Patrick’s own Ufa teammate, Igor Grigorenko. It is already the Norwegian attacker’s second hat-trick in the current championship, and the third time he has taken three points in a game. In the very first outing, against Traktor, Thoresen scored a goal and made two assists, and a month later scored three goals against Avtomobilist.

Netminder number six
Robert Esche becomes Dinamo Minsk’s sixth goalie since the club joined the KHL, and the third the Belarus men have used in the current championship. Spartak and Avtomobilist have also had three different players between the pipes this season.

End of the nightmare
CSKA finally put an end to the worst losing streak in the club’s KHL history. The nightmare sequence stretched to six games, during which they collected just a single point. The army men’s previous worst run was five games without a win.

CSKA allowed 23 goals in the barren spell and scored just 16 in reply, but perhaps the worst statistic was that they suffered four of the six defeats at home in front of their own fans.

On the plus side, Sergei Nemchinov’s team now has four regulation time victories for this season, but three of these were achieved on the road.

Figure of the day

24 seconds. That was all Vityaz and Dynamo Moscow needed to exchange goals in Chekhov.

With the clock showing 51:42, Vadim Berdnikov reduced the home side’s deficit to 1-4, but at 52:06 Alexei Kudashov hit back to restore the visitors’ four-goal winning margin. It was the 12th fastest exchange of goals this season. Currently, the fastest came in the Dinamo Riga vs Lokomotiv game, when Alexander Kalyanin cancelled out a goal by Rodrigo Lavins after just 12 seconds.

Even that was no match for the record set in the previous championship, when Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Traktor changed the scoreline twice in 7 seconds.

Key players

Alexander Yeremenko (Salavat Yulaev). Conceded fewer than three goals in a game for the first time this season, saved 29 shots, and even supplied the decisive pass for a goal.

Maxim Solovyev (Dynamo Moscow). Spent over 20 minutes on the ice, scored a goal, set up two more and earned a rating of +2.

Tomas Mojzis (Dinamo Minsk). Added a goal, an assist, and a +3 to his account.

Patrick Thoresen (Salavat Yulaev). Scored a hat-trick.

Kyle Wellwood (Atlant). Scored a double in only his fifth game for his new club, although it did not save the Mytishchi men from defeat.

Josef Straka (Severstal). Was on the ice for a little under 20 minutes and took part in all his team’s goals, scoring one and turning provider for three more.

Quotes of the day

“From the first shift you could see that our guys couldn’t match our opponents for movement,” Torpedo head coach Vladimir Golubovich.

“I’m very glad that the enforced change of goalie had no effect on the result,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

“I take full responsibility for this defeat. None of our lines worked out,” Spartak head coach Igor Pavlov.

“We’re losing concentration and not playing to the very end, and it’s a serious problem for SKA,” SKA acting head coach Vaclav Sykora.

“Our problem is allowing goals straight after we score them. It’s happened three times in a row and it happened today,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

“How is work going when all around they are calling for my head? It’s going fine. The guys support me and they’re battling to the end,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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