Marcel Hossa scored 11 doubles during the two previous KHL championships playing in the colors of Dinamo Riga, with 3 in 2008/2009 and another 8 in 2009/2010, but this season’s haul of just 6 goals in his first 16 games suggests it has taken the sharpshooter some time to get settled after his move to Kazan. Today, however, Marcel struck his first double for Ak Bars.
Curiously, when the Slovak hit his first double in the KHL, back on the 3rd of September 2008, the victims were the men from Kazan.
Avangard’s empty net goal today was the third that Metallurg Novokuznetsk has allowed already this season, although there is still some way to go before Metallurg equals its unwanted club record: in the previous championship the Novokuznetsk side was made to regret leaving the goal unguarded on no fewer than six occasions.
Six goals is also a club record for Avangard, albeit for those scored into an empty net, not allowed, and this was set in the first KHL championship. The Omsk men’s late insurance goal today was the first time this season Raimo Summanen’s team has punished the opposition for pulling the goalie.
Yugra fight back
Yugra’s win against Sibir today is the second time this season the team has fought back to claim victory from a 0-1 deficit. Sibir must be getting used to throwing away a one-goal advantage: The Novosibirsk men have scored first in twelve of their eighteen games this season, but they have won only eight of these.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk has opened the scoring most often so far this season, 14 times in all, whereas their namesakes in Novokuznetsk and Amur of Khabarovsk are the season’s most likely to allow the opening goal, each having done so in 15 games.
Figure of the day
Just one attempt at capitalizing on a power play was all Yugra had in the game vs Sibir. The newcomers to the KHL have been handed the man advantage relatively rarely – 82 times – although even fewer power plays have been granted to the men from Magnitogorsk (74) and Chekhov (73).
Petri Vehanen (Ak Bars). Saved 40 shots, helping his team to victory over their Tatarstan rivals.
Vitaly Novopashin (Barys). Contributed two assists and finished at a +1.
Evgeny Blokhin (Yugra). Scored no points, but merited a rating of +3.
Evgeny Skachkov (Ak Bars). A goal, an assist, and a +1.
Anton Kuryanov (Avangard). Set up one goal and swiftly followed it by scoring the game-winner in power play.
Marcel Hossa (Ak Bars). Scored a double.
Quotes of the day
“Our play today was so rigid and predictable! I’m annoyed with the whole team,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
“What was the decisive factor in how the game turned out? For us it was the last in a series of three home games and we wanted to keep our 100% record,” Yugra head coach Sergei Shepelev.
“Our team was really hurt by the game back in Novokuznetsk, where our opponents outclassed us, so we prepared very seriously for this clash?” Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.
“I think the visitors’ head coach did a magnificent job; today we played against a completely different team, one that showed a whole new side to their game,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru