Vehanen’s first shutout
Last season Petri Vehanen, after his move to Kazan, kept his goal intact in only his seventh appearance, but this year he had to play 26 games before celebrating his first shutout of the campaign today. In spite of this, he boasts a respectable save percentage of 91.9, although he has allowed 59 goals, which shows just how often the Gagarin Cup holders give the opposition a sight on goal. In all, Ak Bars goalies have kept a clean sheet in 13 games in the KHL: eight of these were from Stanislav Galimov, one for Fredrik Norrena, and now Vehanen has four in his account.
Amur’s shootout misery
The last time Amur won a shootout was back on the 5th of February, against Severstal. The men from the Far East have played in two more series since then, but were second best in both of them, and the club’s overall statistics are less than impressive. In their time in the KHL the Khabarovsk men have won 8 shootouts and lost 14, and only two shooters have a 100% record: Yury Koksharov and Denis Abdullin have both successfully converted one shot from one attempt, and both were game-deciding shots.
Salavat leave it late
Yet again, Salavat Yulaev today managed to save a game with a goal in the dying seconds. It may surprise some, but the Ufa men are far from being the KHL’s most prolific scorers in the 60th minute. In total, 70 last-minute goals have been struck this season, and three came from Salavat, but SKA, Lokomotiv, Avangard, and Yugra all boast five. The most frequent victims of a goal in the last minute are Dinamo Riga, who have suffered 7 times - one more than Barys and Vityaz. Avtomobilist and Salavat Yulaev, in contrast, have not allowed a single goal in the final 60 seconds.
Figure of the day
Until today’s defeat by Atlant, Lokomotiv had taken at least a point from 9 successive games, with six wins in regulation time and another in a shootout, an overtime defeat and a shootout defeat. It is the team’s best sequence of the season, but is far from being a club record. In both previous KHL championships, the Yaroslavl men managed to take points from 12 games in a row.
Robert Esche (Dinamo Minsk). Saved 33 shots in regulation time and was unbeaten in the shootout.
Evgeny Nurislamov (Atlant). Spent a little over four minutes in play, but managed a shot, an assist, and a +1.
Evgeny Medvedev (Ak Bars). The only defenseman in the team not to incur a penalty. Spent over 22 minutes on the ice and earned a +1.
Alexander Popov (Avangard). Made an assist and then scored a short-handed game-winner.
Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev). In 20 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice the KHL’s top point-scorer added two goals and an assist to his account.
Juhamatti Aaltonen (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). No shots at goal, but took part in two scoring moves, one of which produced the winning goal.
Quotes of the day
“We forgot about that long ago (the home defeat by Dynamo in the Opening Cup). The players say they remember? That’s fine, – Ak Bars head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.
“We didn’t send the guys out for the third period with a mission to just keep the score as it was. We wanted them to believe in victory,” Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.
“In the last period we were impatient to get back in the game, made mistakes and allowed goals, one of them in power play, but I’m proud of the guys,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru