Kukumberg’s fourth club
Slovakia’s Roman Kukumberg (pictured) is in only his second season in the KHL but has already turned out for four different clubs. He scored on his Lada debut, then in mid-season moved to the eventual champions in Kazan, but had to wait until his third appearance before he scored a point, for an assist, although he later hit five goals in the play-offs. In the current campaign, Roman set up a goal in his first game for Traktor, but his first goal did not arrive until game 6. And today, having moved even further east to Khabarovsk, Kukumberg began as he did back in Togliatti, and once again celebrated a goal on his club debut. In all, he has played 68 games in the KHL and collected 29 points (16 + 13).

Period pain
Metallurg Novokuznetsk once again confirmed their status as the League’s worst-performing team in the second period. Indeed, if we counted only the middle section of games, the Siberians would be rock bottom of the table with two wins, eight ties, and eleven defeats. And Metallurg’s second period troubles are nothing new: last season’s performances would place them 23rd, and they fared little better the year before, finishing 17th. In the current campaign Dmitri Parkhomenko’s players have yet to win any game in which they lost the second period, and today it was once again their worst 20 minutes of the defeat to Lokomotiv, despite the visitors having a far from impressive record themselves on this score, ranked only 12th best in the League.

Weak link
Torpedo enjoyed numerical advantage six times against Amur, but failed to turn a single power play into a goal. This season the men from Nizhny Novgorod have found themselves outnumbering their opponents a total of 97 times but have capitalized on just 11 of them, giving them a dismal power play percentage of 11.34 - only Vityaz (9.6%) and Atlant (10.5%) have worse figures. Torpedo have scored 7 times playing 5-on-4, and only twice from eight chances on a 5-on-3. By the way, Amur's record while playing short-handed is one of the five best in the League.

Figure of the day
10 shots at goal were struck by Lokomotiv forward Konstantin Rudenko in the game against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, equaling the record for the current championship set by Alexander Perezhogin. It is also a record for Rudenko, beating his previous personal best of 8 shots, which he set last season in a game against Vityaz.

Key players
Stefan Liv (Sibir). Saved 33 shots out of 34.

Alexander Osipov (Amur). Scored a double and spent over 29 minutes on the ice.

Daniel Tjarnqvist (Lokomotiv). Added one goal, one assist and a rating of +2 to his account.

Alexander Korolyuk (Lokomotiv). Made two assists and finished at a +2.

Josef Vasicek (Lokomotiv). Scored one goal, turned creator for another, earned a +2, and won 7 out of 9 face-offs.

Alexei Zavarukhin (Sibir). In almost 19 minutes on the ice he provided the decisive passes for two goals and merited a rating of +2.

Quotes of the day
“The team successfully carried out the plans we’d worked on. The changes we made in our lines paid off,” – Amur head coach Sergei Svetlov.

“Thank you to Atlant for their classy hockey, it’s always interesting to play against opponents like that,” – Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.

“I think today Atlant played one of the best games under my leadership,” Atlant head coach Milos Riha.

“We played really well while short-handed, but sadly we allowed all the goals playing at even strength. That’s a sign of a lack of concentration,” Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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