Highest ever score
Vityaz hit seven goals for the first time in the club’s KHL history. In the first championship the men from Chekhov enjoyed a 6-5 win over Torpedo, albeit after a shootout, and also hit six against Barys, although since they lost 6-11 they may prefer to forget that occasion. Last season Vityaz defeated Lada 6-4 at home and 6-5 in Togliatti, again via the shootout; so not only did the Severstal players make history by allowing Vityaz to score seven times, but they did so on their own ice in Cherepovets.

Worst ever losing streak
Never before has Dynamo Moscow lost six straight games, making this the Muscovites’ worst losing streak of their time in the KHL. In each of the two previous seasons Dynamo suffered runs of four successive defeats, and twice this season they lost three in a row. We should mention, however, that five of the defeats in the current sequence came on the road. During this run, the Moscow men have scored 11 goals and allowed 24.

Third team for Mikhailov
Yegor Mikhailov has now scored in the KHL for three different teams. He spent the first championship with Metallurg Novokuznetsk, making an assist in his very first outing and scoring a goal in his second. After his move to CSKA in the 2009-10 season, Yegor scored in his fifth appearance, and now he has already opened his account in only his second game for Spartak. Mikhailov started out in professional hockey back in 1997-98, and he has scored for every team he has played for throughout his career. He was at his most prolific for Metallurg Novokuznetsk, with 17 goals in 57 games, in contrast with his haul of only one goal in 18 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk back in the pre-KHL era.

Figure of the day
4 points taken in one game - something which had never been done before by any Vityaz player in the KHL, but today it was achieved by two of them: Chris Simon (2+2, pictured) and Alexander Romanov (1+3).

Key players
Alexander Vyukhin (Lokomotiv). Saved 25 shots and helped his team to an eighth successive victory.

Georgy Misharin (CSKA). Played for nearly 23 minutes, in which time he threatened the goal twice and scored the game-winner.

Karel Rachunek (Lokomotiv). Spent over 25 minutes on the ice, had two shots and supplied two decisive passes, one of which set up the winning goal.

Nikolai Kostichkin (Vityaz). The 21-year-old rookie collected his first points in the KHL, with a goal and an assist.

Petr Sikora (Dinamo Minsk). Added two goals in power play, an assist, and a +1 to his account.

Roman Lyuduchin (Spartak). Two shots, one goal, and one assist.

Quotes of the day
“The goals we let in were a bit stupid and needless, coming from unforced errors when we were short-handed. I’ll point this out to the players,” Dinamo Minsk head coach Marek Sykora.

“I want to apologize to our supporters for today’s game. The Dynamo clash took a lot out of us, physically and emotionally, and so today, sadly, we made a lot of mistakes in defense,” Severstal acting head coach Alexander Smirnov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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