Forward finally finds the target
Traktor forward Evgeny Galkin has 22 games under his belt this season, but had to wait until today for his first goal of the campaign - a little surprising, as in the first KHL championship Evgeny was one of Traktor’s top scorers with 15 goals from 20 outings, although he did go 12 straight games without a goal during the following season.
Happily for Galkin, he was a long way from setting an unwanted club record. Last season Martin Grenier suffered a dry spell which stretched to 46 games, just beating Oleg Piganovich’s run of 45 games without a goal in the first championship. But the record could be under threat from another man in the current Traktor roster - Alexander Sazonov has not scored in his last 28 appearances.
Avtomobilist’s lightning strikes
Avtomobilist’s Nikolai Bushuev had the puck in the Metallurg Magnitogorsk net a mere 27 seconds after the opening face-off – the sixth fastest goal of the championship. The fastest was struck by Alexander Radulov, who needed just six seconds to break through the Yugra defense. Avtomobilist players seem to have a liking for very quick goals: Andrei Subbotin currently boasts the fastest overtime goal this season, scoring after 25 seconds, and he almost led the same category last year by scoring in the 15th second, but was just beaten by Tomas Rolinek, whose goal was two seconds faster.
Figure of the day
8 games without a goal for the Amur players this season, and moreover, today’s defeat was the second successive game in which they have failed to score. The Khabarovsk men have already suffered a run in the current championship of three games without scoring.
Stefan Liv (Sibir). Saved 27 shots, claiming his third shutout of the season.
Miroslav Blatak (Salavat Yulaev). Set up a goal and was rated the most valuable player in his team, earning a +2.
Kevin Dallman (Barys). Spent over 24 minutes on the ice, scored a goal, and finished at a +1.
Kirill Petrov (Yugra). Struck the game-deciding shot in the shootout, having already merited a +1 in regulation time.
Alexei Kaygorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Earned one of the highest ratings of his team, a +3, and also added a goal and an assist to his account.
Vyacheslav Kozlov (CSKA). Set up a goal in regulation time, and was the only army man to score in the shootout (pictured), and moreover, he did it twice.
Quotes of the day
“I would hope that we go into the next game with the same attitude. It has usually been the opposition scoring in the dying seconds, but here we did it,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
“We had our experienced players in offense today. We decided to go with the ‘old-timers’,” Traktor head coach Valery Belousov.
“Today we made more mistakes and ended up losing, although it probably wasn’t so bad to see our weaknesses in was a game against a strong opponent,” Ak Bars head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.
“We told the guys not to go inventing anything. Yes, we haven’t been scoring, but you need to stick monotonously to your own task and the results will come,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru