Ramo the invincible
Avangard goaltender Karri Ramo (pictured) has not allowed a single goal in his last 126 minutes and 34 seconds of playing time, and is edging ever closer to the club record in the KHL of 154 minutes 48 seconds, which he himself set last season. The longest unbeaten spell in the current championship belongs to Steve Valiquette of CSKA, who kept his goal intact for 182 minutes 24 seconds.

Empty net
Avangard’s empty net goal against Barys was their sixth of the current campaign. Spartak lead the way on this score, having punished the opposition for pulling the goalie on seven occasions. Metallurg Magnitogorsk also scored into an unguarded net today, for the third time this season. Every single team has scored at least once into an empty net and only Dinamo Riga are yet to be punished in this way, while Torpedo have suffered the most – conceding eight such goals already.

Personal best
Magnitogorsk forward Stanislav Chistov scored two goals in 4 minutes 44 seconds today, but this still didn’t make it into the top ten of quick-fire doubles. Avangard’s Roman Cervenka currently holds the record, and it will take some beating; he struck twice against hapless Dinamo Riga in only 29 seconds. Stanislav, however, did at least set a new personal record, as his previous three doubles this season took him a lot longer.

Figure of the day
2 minutes was all the penalty time Barys incurred in the game against Avangard, and it is the most disciplined performance by the men from Astana this season. In the previous championship, Barys were just as well-behaved on two occasions, receiving just a single penalty against Lokomotiv and Sibir, although against the latter Barys were also punished with a penalty shot on their goal. In all, in under two and half seasons of the KHL, Barys players have amassed a total of 2,394 penalty minutes.

Key players
Georgy Gelashvili (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Saved 40 shots to help his team end a run of two defeats.

Alexei Bondarev (Avangard). Scored into an empty net and was the most valuable player in the team with a rating of +3.

Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Although he played no part in any of his side’s goals he nonetheless merited a +3.

Artem Bulyansky (Yugra). Featured in all three of his team’s goals, providing assists for the first two and scoring the third, and finished at a +2.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Traktor). Added a winning goal, an assist, and a +1 to his account.

Denis Tolpeko (Dynamo Moscow). Also set up one goal and struck the game-winner, but his performance earned a +2.

Quotes of the day
“The problems in the team are still only playing problems. God forbid we get psychological ones,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

“The team’s recent performances haven’t been too successful, so it follows that there are fewer spectators. I hope that soon we’ll put things right where we’ve been lacking, and we’ll bring the fans back to the arena,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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