Hat-trick No. 9
Metallurg Novokuznetsk forward Maxim Kitsyn became the ninth player to score three goals in a game this season. It was only the fifth fastest treble, taking him 37 minutes and 28 seconds, although Maxim has set a KHL record as the youngest hat-trick hero, at only 18. Only one other player has scored a hat-trick in the KHL for the Novokuznetsk club, and it came back in the first championship when Alexander Shinkar struck three times against Dinamo Riga. Metallurg also celebrated their first clean sheet since January the 26th of this year, when they shut out Avtomobilist.

Off the mark
Amur attacker Dmitry Goldenkov has scored his first ever goal in the KHL. The 19-year-old forward is new to the team, having spent last year in the Youth Hockey League with Dynamo, where he boasted impressive figures of 26 goals and 26 assists in 59 games. This season he has also started in the YHL, with Amur’s youth team, for whom he made five appearances but only bothered the statisticians with one assist.

And then there were five
There are only five teams left in the KHL still waiting to celebrate their first shutout victory of this season. Sibir and Metallurg Novokuznetsk both kept their opponents off the scoreboard Saturday, so now just Dynamo Moscow, Ak Bars, SKA, Avtomobilist and Spartak have allowed at least a goal in every game. The Novosibirsk men had conceded in 49 successive games, and Novokuznetsk in 29.

Figure of the day
8 teams have now changed their head coaches since the start of the season. The most recent to lose his job was Dmitry Parkhomenko (pictured). Remarkably, he issued the statement announcing his departure from Metallurg Novokuznetsk straight after his team had achieved a shutout victory over Atlant.

Key players
Vadim Tarasov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Saved all 25 shots, helping his team end a run of three straight defeats.

Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv). Despite being on the losing side, he scored a double, hit six shots at goal in nearly 23 minutes on the ice and earned a rating of 0.

Martins Cipulis (Amur). Scored his first game-winner of the season and finished at a +1.

Alexei Kosourov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Two assists, six shots at goal, and a +2.

Alexander Boikov (Sibir). Struck the winning goal with his only shot of the game, and also merited a +2.

Ville Nieminen (Sibir). Made an assist for the decisive goal and has now scored points in his last five games.

Quotes of the day
“You just can’t win having scored two goals in three games,” Torpedo head coach Vladimir Golubovich.

“I have an announcement. Before today’s game it was decided that I will leave the post of head coach, I’d like to thank everyone,” former Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Dmitry Parkhomenko.

“We’re still making a lot of mistakes, and today our opponents took full advantage. That’s how it happens in sport,” Lokomotiv head coach Kai Suikkanen.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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