Petersburg’s October uprising
It is a rare occasion when SKA fight back to win after conceding the first two goals. It happened back in the first season of the KHL when Khimik were the victims, and then only via a shoot-out, and again the following year against Ak Bars, but once more SKA needed a shoot-out to complete their comeback. But today the Petersburg army men at last overturned a 0-2 deficit to win in regulation time. It is uncanny that all three of SKA’s heroic victories came in October.

Strike good and early
Severstal’s Andrei Shefer and Barys’s Lukas Kaspar both scored in the first minute of their games today, bringing this season’s total of goals scored in the first 60 seconds to 14. Moreover, for Kaspar (pictured) it was his second of the current campaign, and also set a new personal best: while he needed only 46 seconds to open the scoring against SKA, he struck today’s early goal in just 32. The fastest of the season, and the KHL record, came from Alexander Radulov, who fired the puck into Yugra’s net with only 6 seconds on the clock. In addition to Barys, both Severstal and Dinamo Minsk also boast two first-minute goals in the current championship.

Kaspar’s hat-trick
Incidentally, Kaspar’s treble makes him the eighth player to score a hat-trick this season, and his is the slowest to date, with 59 minutes and 13 seconds separating the first and third goals. Kaspar is also only the third player to have scored three goals in a KHL game for the Astana club, following in the footsteps of Kevin Dallman and Konstantin Glazachev, who both scored hat-tricks for Barys back in the very first KHL championship.

Figure of the day
45 games. That is how long Vladimir Vorobyev went without scoring before today’s goal against Salavat Yulaev – his first for Severstal. For his previous goal, we must go back to the 30th of January 2009, when Vladimir was playing for the Ufa men and scored against Ak Bars.

Key players
Kevin Lalande (Vityaz). Kept his first clean sheet of the season.

Alexander Ryazantsev (Avtomobilist). Earned a rating of +2 but more importantly, especially for a defenseman, he converted the winning shot in the shoot-out.

Andrei Shefer (Severstal). Added a goal, an assist, and a +2 to his account.

Mattias Weinhandl (SKA). Scored his third double of the season, and it included his third game-winner of the season.

Pavel Zdunov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Spent a little over 9 minutes on the ice, in which time he struck the decisive goal and finished at a +1.

Brandon Bochenski (Barys). Grabbed one goal, one assist, and merited a rating of +3 in just over 20 minutes on the ice.

Quotes of the day
“With the kind of mood and emotions we showed when we started the game, it would be better to not go out on the ice at all,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.

“It’s hard to lift the spirits of the team when they keep allowing goals at the end of the period,” Spartak head coach Igor Pavlov.

“We’re now using some different tactics to those we had before, and you need time to rebuild,” Avtomobilist acting head coach Evgeny Mukhin.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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