First shutouts
Jakub Stepanek and Michael Garnett (pictured) both kept their goals intact for the first time in this championship. The list of goalies with at least one clean sheet has now grown to 28, and the leader of the pack is Konstantin Barulin, who already has four to his name.

Stepanek, in his debut season in the KHL, waited 14 games to claim his first shutout.

Garnett’s wait was unusually long for him: in both the previous championships he celebrated his first unbeaten games in his twelfth appearance, but this year it did not arrive until his seventeenth.

Penalty shots
There were two penalty shots in the game between Severstal and Avangard, and both were awarded against the hosts. On the first, Vasily Koshechkin was beaten by Alexander Popov, but he made amends on the second by getting the better of Roman Cervenka. Popov is only the eighth player this season to successfully convert a penalty shot in regulation time, whereas the goalies have had the upper hand 26 times already.

Figure of the day
It was seventh regulation time victory of the current campaign for Vityaz today. In the first KHL championship, the Chekhov side only achieved six such wins all season. However, Andrei Nazarov’s men have a long way to go to match last year’s exploits, when Vityaz took all three points from 13 games.

In all their time in the KHL, the Chekhov men have never managed three regulation time wins in a row.

Key players
Michael Garnett (Dynamo Moscow). Saved 30 shots out of 30.

Oleg Piganovich (Spartak). Spent over 22 minutes on the ice, made two assists, and earned a +2.

Sergei Gusev (SKA). Took part in every successful attacking move, scoring one goal and helping his comrades hit two more.

Denis Mosalev (Dynamo Moscow). Even though he spent just a little over 9 minutes on the ice, he still grabbed two points: a goal and an assist.

Josef Straka (Severstal). Played for over 21 minutes, scored the goal which turned out to be the game-winner and then added an assist.

Maxim Afinogenov (SKA). Also added a winning goal and an assist to his account.

Quotes of the day
“On the whole, our performance was out of character. And that makes it hard to beat a team which is leading the championship at the moment,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

“I think we had a good game, we played really well for 58 minutes, but two mistakes in the last two minutes cost us victory,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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