New club record
Sibir’s players are already celebrating their fourth shutout victory of the season, and it is a club record for the KHL. In the first championship the Novosibirsk club’s goaltenders totaled two clean sheets (against Neftekhimik and Dinamo Minsk) and the following year they went one better, keeping Severstal, Metallurg Novokuznetsk and SKA off the scoreboard. As for the current campaign, before shutting out Barys the Novosibirsk men repelled every attack from Atlant, Spartak and Amur.
Staying with Sibir’s four shutouts, it is worth mentioning that three of them were achieved with a 1-0 scoreline, yet the Novosibirsk men never enjoyed such soccer-style wins in the KHL until this season. In all, 13 games in the current campaign have finished 1-0, fewer than in the first KHL championship (21 times), but already surpassing last season’s total of 11.
This season’s most popular final score so far is 3-2, occurring in 43 of 438 games, just ahead of 3-1, which has happened 42 times.
Yugra today overtook SKA and CSKA in the standings for most shootout wins for the season. The men from Khanty-Mansiysk now have six under their belts, one more than each of the two army teams. However, if we look at the percentage of shootouts won, then the KHL new boys’ figures are not so impressive, as they also have five defeats to their name.
No team has featured in shootouts as often as Yugra. Igor Skorokhodov has been called to duty in eight of their eleven series, although Igor Yemeleyev has had the most attempts, with 9. Yemeleyev, along with Pavel Vorobyev and Kirill Petrov, has found the net three times, but two of Petrov’s three successes were game-deciding shots.
Figure of the day
It is the first time Avtomobilist managed to beat Metallurg Magnitogorsk, having suffered defeats in all 7 previous encounters with the steelworkers.
Yury Klyuchnikov (Sibir). Kept his goal intact by saving all 41 shots.
Denis Sokolov (Avtomobilist). Provided the decisive passes for two goals.
Alexei Pepelyaev (Yugra). Spent over 22 minutes on the ice and earned a rating of +1.
Maxim Shalunov (Traktor). Scored his first point in the KHL, by supplying the pass for the goal which saved his team from defeat in regulation time.
Nikolai Bushuev (Avtomobilist). Scored the game-winner and then set up the insurance goal.
Viktor Drugov (Sibir). Struck the winning goal for the second game running.
Quotes of the day
“Our opponents were very compact, very tight in defense, in their zone. They didn’t let us get into any shooting positions good enough to score from. Yes, we had shots, but they weren’t dangerous: shots from the blue line, from the boards, from somewhere by the corners,” Barys head coach Andrei Khomutov.
“You get days like this, when everything goes for you… If only we had them more often,” Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Mukhin.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru