11 strikes
Traktor’s 6-5 win over Neftekhimik is the 35th game in the KHL championships to produce 11 goals. Of the 35, Vityaz has featured most frequently (8 times), followed by the men from Minsk and Ufa (6 times each).

It has not rained goals very often in games involving today’s crowd-pleasers. For the Chelyabinsk men it was only their second 11-goal thriller, to add to a 5-6 defeat by Lokomotiv, and only the third for the Nizhnekamsk men, who had previously lost by the same scoreline to SKA but have also triumphed 9-2 against Lada.

The fastest 11 goals in a KHL match took just 41 minutes 52 seconds, and came in a game between Amur and Salavat Yulaev.

Omsk men and overtimes
In all KHL regular championships, 37 of Avangard’s games have progressed to overtime but only this season have the Omsk men acquired the winning habit in the extra five minutes. Their record in the first championship was two wins, four defeats in 12 overtimes, and the next year it read two wins and four defeats in 14. This season, however, the statistics are much better: six overtime successes and just one failure in nine attempts.

Goaltenders turned goal-makers
Vitaly Yeremeyev became the twelfth goalie this season to take part in a goal-scoring move. Four of the twelve already boast two assists, but the current KHL record-holders are Robert Esche and Nolan Schaefer with 3 points apiece. As for Yeremeyev, today’s was the fourth assist of his KHL career, but – just like his first – Vitaly’s heroics did not prevent his side from losing the game.

Figure of the day
2 minutes and 38 seconds was all Sibir’s players needed to hit 3 goals past Avtomobilist, the seventh fastest triple strike of the season. The record for this campaign currently rests with Petersburg’s army men, who scored three times against Ak Bars in just a minute and 18 seconds.

Key players
Stefan Liv (Sibir). Saved 28 shots out of 28.

Martin Skoula (Avangard). Spent nearly 27 minutes on the ice, scored a goal, made an assist, and earned a rating of +2.

Nikolai Belov (Neftekhimik). Despite being on the losing side, he nonetheless finished the game at a +3.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Traktor). One of newly-crowned world champions, he did not rest on his laurels in his first game back in club hockey. Instead, he supplied the decisive passes for two goals.

Dmitry Makarov (Neftekhimik). Picked up three points with two goals and an assist, merited a +2, won 10 out of 16 face-offs, but as with Belov his heroics could not save his team from defeat.

Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars). Spent just under 19 minutes in play, far more than any other forward in the game, set up one goal and scored the game-winner.

Quotes of the day
“I can say that neither goalie had a great game, although the third and sixth goals were down to mistakes by our defensemen, who lost track of their opponents,” Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

“It is great that the guys didn’t go to pieces after that last game in Kazan, when nothing went right for us. We had a serious talk, prepared really well for this game, and the guys put our plans into action from the first to the last minute,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.

“Despite the score, I felt this was an even game. We didn’t take advantage of our power plays, we made horrendous mistakes in defense for the first two goals, but we didn’t have those five-minute spells when we were trapped in our own zone, like in previous games, – Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Mukhin.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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