Alexei Morozov scored two goals and supplied two decisive passes as he played a part in every goal his team scored against Traktor today. Curiously, it is only the second time this season the Ak Bars hitman has picked up more than two points in a game. The only other occasion was against Salavat Yulaev, when he claimed a goal and two assists.
It was a different story in the first KHL championship, when Alexei hit five goals past Barys, took four points against Dinamo Minsk, and scored three points in six other outings.
Rare Novokuznetsk double
Metallurg Novokuznetsk defenseman Nick Angell scored two goals against Amur – no mean feat when playing for the lowest-scoring team in the championship. The other players to have achieved this in the current campaign are Alexei Kosourov, Aleksandrs Jerofejevs, Ruslan Khasanshin and Mark Bomersback. Alexander Golovin set the Novokuznetsk record for the team’s time in the KHL, by hitting four doubles in the previous championship. Eight more players have scored a double apiece, and moreover, three of these are defensemen
Overtime winners and losers
Just one game on Sunday progressed to overtime, with Dinamo Riga overcoming Yugra in Latvia. The result should surprise no-one, as Julius Supler’s men simply do not lose in the extra five minutes – nine of their games have gone to overtime, and their record reads two wins and seven ties. Conversely, Sergei Shepelev’s team is yet to celebrate a single overtime victory, having lost twice while ten more games went on to the shootout. But the KHL new boys are not alone in this: Vityaz have no overtime wins from six attempts, CSKA and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have not won in nine, and SKA have been unsuccessful in thirteen.
Figure of the day
42 straight games without scoring a goal for Vitaly Proshkin, until the Salavat Yulaev defenseman ended his dry spell today against Avtomobilist. For his previous goal we must go all the way back to last season, to the 12th of March, with the Yekaterinburg men once again the victims.
If we only include the regular championship, then Proshkin’s previous strike came exactly 11 months ago, on the 26th of January against HC MVD.
Karri Ramo (Avangard). Saved 32 shots, helping his team to victory away in Belarus.
Nick Angell (Metallurg Novokuznetsk). Scored two goals and earned a rating of +2.
Evgeny Varlamov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Struck the equalizing goal in a hard-fought game, which he finished at a +2.
Sergei Zinovyev (Salavat Yulaev). Scored the winning goal, made two assists, and won over 66% of his face-offs.
Niko Kapanen (Ak Bars). Scored two goals and set up one more.
Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars). Featured in all his team’s goals, scoring two himself (including the game-winner) and twice supplying the passes for Kapanen, in a performance which merited a +4.
Quotes of the day
“In the changing rooms I warned the players about the diagonal passes Magnitogorsk use, but when the decisive moment came, our guy failed to close down his opponent, and so they scored,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
“I was pleased with the youngsters of our fourth line; they did their job – they attacked and tormented the opposition, giving our leading players a chance to take a rest,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.
“I think both the changes to the line-up and the meeting with the supporters have helped get the guys moving. And I can assure you, the talk with the fans had a very strong influence on the players,” CSKA head coach Sergei Nemchinov.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru