Three times eight
Each year Severstal, like Santa Claus, gives the players from an opposing team to chance to fill their boots with eight goals in a game. In the first championship, Spartak was the lucky club when the Red-and-Whites won 8-2. A year later it was SKA enjoying a rampant 8-3 victory, and on Severstal’s own ice in Cherepovets. And in Magnitogorsk today the Steelers’ defense capitulated eight times to Metallurg.
Severstal’s heaviest defeat in the KHL was back in the first championship, when they went down 0-7 to Ak Bars at home in Cherepovets.
Will to win
For the first time this season, Spartak threw away a two-goal lead to lose a game. It was also the first time in this campaign that Traktor fought back from two down to emerge victorious.
The season’s two-goal comeback kings so far are Sergei Nemchinov’s men at CSKA, who have twice managed to brush off such a bad start and fight back to win. In contrast, Petersburg’s army men had let a two-goal advantage slip on three occasions and only once held on for victory. .
And while on the subject of comebacks, SKA on Monday became undisputed leaders regarding a highly undesirable statistic: the Petersburg men lost their fourth game out of ten in which they had led by a margin of two goals.
Vityaz today conceded into an unguarded net for the fifth time already this season. It is by far the highest total of any club so far, and in reaching it the Chekhov men have equaled the club record they set in the first KHL championship.
The outright record for the League belongs to Dinamo Minsk, who last season were punished for pulling the goalie no fewer than twelve times.
Figure of the day
46 minutes and 14 seconds was all Metallurg Magnitogorsk needed to hit 8 goals past Severstal. Not only was it the quickest avalanche of goals in the current championship, it was also the heaviest – apart from the Magnitogorsk men, no-one has scored eight goals this season.
Vitaly Kolesnik (Salavat Yulaev). Saved 32 shots out of 35 and was unbeaten in the shoot-out.
Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Scored a goal and earned a +4 - the highest efficiency rating of any defenseman.
Yaroslav Khabarov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Spent over 22 minutes on the ice, made three assists and finished at a +3.
Evgeny Kuznetsov (Traktor). Scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
Petri Kontiola (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Scored a double and won 13 out of 14 face-offs.
Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev). Scored one goal, set up another, and then converted the winning shot in the shoot-out.
Quotes of the day
“The way we’re playing at the moment I wouldn’t count us as one of the top teams,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.
“Yes, maybe we didn’t play the most attractive hockey, but we’ll get that fixed, it’ll all come with time,” Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.
“It didn’t go our way in overtime. We changed to a system with one defenseman and three attackers. We created chances, but we were really unlucky with our finishing and they hit us on the counter-attack,” Spartak head coach Igor Pavlov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru