East: Chudinov scores from his own half, Ufa takes its chances. March 20 playoffs20 March 2019, 20:30
The Chelyabinsk side has equaled its worst record in its KHL history, failing to score a single goal for the fourth time this season. Last season Traktor also had four blank games, and they were shut out three times the year before. Salavat Yulaev became the first team in the KHL to have twice kept Traktor off the scoreboard.
Goalies and shootouts
Sibir goaltender Yury Klyuchnikov (pictured) has now featured in two shootout series, and tasted success in both. Last season he also enjoyed two shootout wins, but out of three attempts, while in the first KHL championship he had just the one victory, but only took part in one series.
The leading keeper for shootout wins this season is Yugra’s Mikhail Biryukov, with four out of seven. Chris Holt and Jakub Stepanek both have one fewer. As for Sibir, they can now boast being the only outfit in the KHL to have played in more than one shootout series and still remain undefeated. Klyuchnikov’s fellow goalie in the team, Stefan Liv, has one shootout victory to his name, and has been equal to every shot.
Dinamo Riga forward Lauris Darzins has taken points from each of his last eight games, setting a new record for the Latvian team. In this spell Lauris has scored six goals and made four assists. One of his goals was a game-winner.
The previous club record was seven straight games with points, shared by Marcel Hossa and Alexanders Nizivijs. Before his current spell, Darzins had never scored points in more than three successive outings.
Figure of the day
3 successive shutouts now for Salavat Yulaev, matching the KHL record set last season by Dynamo Moscow. And the Ufa men have set a new record for the KHL by going 221 minutes and 40 seconds without allowing a single goal, surpassing Dynamo’s total by 11 seconds.
Alexander Vyukhin (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Saved 55 shots, bringing his team victory over CSKA.
Tomas Starosta (Salavat Yulaev). Earned a rating of +2, despite only being on the ice for a little over 11 minutes.
Nick Angell (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Scored a goal and merited a +1.
Yury Petrov (Sibir). Threatened the opposition goal four times, scored in regulation time and converted the game-deciding shot in the shoot-out.
Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant). In 19½ minutes on the ice he threatened the opponents’ net six times, made one assist and scored the game-winner.
Mark Hartigan (Dinamo Riga). The most active attacker in his team, with seven shots at goal - one of which found the target.
Quotes of the day
“Traktor have been playing really well recently, particularly at home,” Salavat Yulaev head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.
“I don’t think the shootout today was a lottery. If anything, the visitors genuinely looked better,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru