Darsy fulfills his yearly quota
Amid all the excitement of the KHL there is one constant: Darsy Verot of Vityaz (pictured) scores a goal each season. In the previous championship the Canadian needed 19 games before scoring his goal against CSKA, and two years ago it came in his 20th appearance, with Dynamo Moscow the victims. It is worth noting the full list of goalies who have been unable to deal with a shot from Verot: Vadim Zhelobnuk, Konstantin Barulin and, from today, Stanislav Galimov.
Avtomobilist today kept the opposition off the scoreboard for just the second time in their KHL history. The only other shutout victory from the Yekaterinburg men came in the previous championship, when they won 3-0 on the road at Lada. In both games, separated by 58 outings in which their opponents scored at least once, the Avtomobilist goal was kept intact by Ivan Lisutin.
Barys celebrated their second overtime win of current championship today, while Dinamo Minsk enjoyed their third. For their opponents, Dynamo Moscow and Severstal, it was their second and fourth defeats respectively. The current leaders for winning in the extra five minutes are the men of Traktor, with six victories already.
Five teams are still waiting for their first overtime success of the season. Curiously, two of the five, Yugra and SKA, have both played nine overtimes – the joint highest total in the KHL.
Returning to Severstal, it is worth mentioning that the men from Cherepovets seem a little cursed regarding overtimes: in the first KHL they won only one out of twelve, and just two out of seventeen the following season.
This leaves Dmitry Kvartalnov’s men just one step away from sharing the unwanted KHL record for overtime defeats. Vityaz set the record in the first campaign with five losses, and this was matched a season later by Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
Figure of the day
28 seconds of overtime was all Barys needed to wrap up victory. It is the second fastest overtime this season, beaten only by Avtomobilist, who finished off Severstal after just 25 seconds.
The KHL record belongs to Vityaz, who in the very first season struck the killer blow against Khimik a mere 6 seconds into overtime.
Vitaly Yeremeyev (Barys). Saved 40 shots out of 41, helping his team end a run of six straight defeats.
Dmitry Megalinsky (Vityaz). Struck the game-deciding shot in the shootout and earned a rating of +1, having spent nearly 24 minutes in play.
Vitaly Novopashin (Barys). Spent over 27 minutes on the ice, set up the golden goal in overtime, and finished at a +1.
Janne Pesonen (Ak Bars). Scored a double, made an assist and merited a +3, despite being on the losing side.
Vadim Shipachev (Severstal). In almost 23 minutes of playing time he made three assists and earned a +2.
Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant). Scored one goal and helped his team-mates to hit two more.
Quotes of the day
“We created a lot of chances, but our luck deserted us,” Dynamo Moscow head coach Oleg Znarok.
“It was a grueling battle, and the 0-0 score after two periods suggested to me that a single goal would settle it. Fortunately, we managed to score it,” Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Mukhin.
“The shootout didn’t go our way, but all the same we grabbed a point. But I’ll admit we expected more,” Ak Bars head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.
“We were lucky at the end. You see, games like these usually finish a lot worse,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru