Triumph for Vityaz
Vityaz today recorded the club’s biggest ever victory in their time in the KHL. Before Wednesday’s triumph the team’s best win was last season’s 5-1 at home to Barys. It was also a rare clean sheet for the men from Chekhov, who did not celebrate a single shutout victory in the whole of the first championship, and had just the one (over Torpedo) the following season. So today’s 5-0 hammering of Traktor set another club record, as Vityaz had already shutout Dinamo Riga earlier in the season.
Lokomotiv today were punished for pulling the goalie for the fourth time this season, an unwanted distinction they share with Dinamo Riga. The statistics are even worse for Barys and Vityaz, who have both allowed five empty net goals – as many as Lokomotiv conceded for the whole of the first two KHL championships. It is no surprise that Ak Bars inflicted the damage, as Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s team have already this season scored five goals into a wide open net - a total bettered only by Spartak, with seven.
Into the top ten
Salavat Yulaev defenseman Dmitry Kalinin’s opening goal against Dynamo Moscow came in the 38th second of the game, making it one of the ten fastest goals of the current championship. Top of the list is Dmitry’s comrade at Salavat, Alexander Radulov, with a goal after only 6 seconds - the KHL record. Kalinin’s goal is also the second fastest by any defender this season, surpassed only by Severstal’s Andrei Shefer, who scored with just 28 seconds on the clock. The KHL record for the fastest goal by a defenseman was set last season, when Radek Philipp of Avtomobilist struck in the 19th second.
Figure of the day
A total of 16 shots were struck at the Traktor goal by the Vityaz players, and five of them were goals – a record shooting percentage of 31.3.
Bernd Bruckler (Torpedo). Saved 28 shots to help his team put an end to their losing streak.
Andrei Kolesnikov (Vityaz). Spent nearly 24 minutes on the ice and assisted in two goals.
Alexei Glukhov (Atlant). Scored the game-winner and threatened the opposition goal on five occasions.
Artemy Panarin (Vityaz). Added a goal and an assist to his account in his 10½ minutes’ playing time.
Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars). Broke his barren spell of seven games without a goal by hitting his first double of the season.
Igor Grigorenko (Salavat Yulaev). Had six shots at goal and two of these found the target. Earned an efficiency rating of +1.
Quotes of the day
“This game will serve as a lesson to us for the future,” Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.
“Against opponents like these - and they have a powerful team - you need to take all your chances, and with us that just didn’t happen,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.
“We ended up playing well below our best. After three straight wins, for some reason the guys relaxed,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru