And then there were four
Now only four teams have still scored in every game of the regular championship. There were five on the list until Sunday, when Severstal shut out Neftekhimik. Atlant have now failed to score in five games, just one short of equaling Amur’s unwanted record. In spite of this, Atlant surprisingly share first place with Severstal for the most shutout victories: both teams have kept their goals intact four times already this season.
Hat-trick hero No. 11
Dinamo Minsk attacker Dmitry Meleshko (pictured) today became the 11th player of the campaign to celebrate scoring three goals in a game. It took him 43 minutes and 26 seconds, the eighth fastest treble of the season. Dmitry, who until now had never scored more than once in a KHL game, is the first player to score a hat-trick for the Belarus outfit.
Down to the wire
Three of Sunday’s games had to be settled by a shootout. It was Torpedo’s second success, and they are yet to experience the bitter taste of a late, late defeat. CSKA have won three and lost two, whereas Dinamo Minsk have three victories against just the one failure. For Metallurg Magnitogorsk it was their first unsuccessful shootout of the season, having won four out of four before today, but it was defeat number three for both Barys and Salavat Yulaev.
Jan Marek’s decisive shootout goal was his second for CSKA in the current championship, whereas for Torpedo’s Mikhail Varnakov and Minsk’s Petr Sikora it was the first time they had clinched victory for their teams, even though Varnakov’s strike was already his eighth attempt in a shootout this season, and his fourth success. The busiest shooter of the campaign, however, is Salavat Yulaev’s Jakub Klepis, who has so far had 14 attempts and successfully converted five, one of which was the game-deciding goal.
Figure of the day
8 games this season have now finished with a 1-0 scoreline in regulation time. Avtomobilist now join Spartak in having each played in two of these games and lost both of them.
Rastislav Stana (Severstal). Was equal to all 20 shots, earning his third shutout of the season.
Alexei Semenov (SKA). Made one assist and merited a rating of +1.
Anton Belov (Avangard). In nearly 31 minutes on the ice he threatened the goal three times and scored the game-winner.
Alexei Badyukov (CSKA). Scored a double and won 11 out of 20 face-offs.
Pavol Demitra (Lokomotiv). Scored one goal, set up another, earned a +1 and won two face-offs out of three.
Evgeny Bodrov (Ak Bars). Added a goal, an assist, and a +1 to his account, and also won four out of six face-offs.
Quotes of the day
“Don’t forget that Meleshko also converted the first shot in the shootout; that was also very important. I’ll pay him a bonus,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
“We have big problems with our third and fourth lines, and we need to do something. It’s very hard to get back into the game with only two lines,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.
“Our power play practically completely decided the outcome. And, of course, our goalie – he won the game by himself,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.
“Our team created some chances, but we can’t even think about winning until we start taking them,” Atlant head coach Milos Riha.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru