Hasek’s sixth shutout
Spartak’s goalie Dominik Hasek (pictured) kept his goal intact for the sixth time this season and so draws level with Konstantin Barulin on this score. We should note, however, that the Atlant goaltender has only had 23 outings during the current championship, or 17 fewer than Spartak’s Czech veteran. Last season’s shutout king was Vasily Koshechkin, then playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, with 8 clean sheets, while the KHL record was set in the first championship by Robert Esche, who enjoyed 9 perfect games for SKA.

Lokomotiv held up again
Today was the 13th time this season that Lokomotiv raced to a 2-0 lead, and only the second time it ended in defeat. Last year the statistics were even better for the men from Yaroslavl, just one such collapse in 16 games, while the season before they hit the opening two goals in 18 games and did not lose a single one of them.

It is the opposite with Sibir, who continue to improve their fighting spirit year by year. Not once in the first championship did the Novosibirsk men come back after allowing the first two goals, but the following year they managed it twice, and now in the current campaign they have celebrated four such heroic victories already.

Lightning strikes from Barys
8 seconds from the opening face-off was all Barys forward Brandon Bochenski needed to strike the puck into the Ak Bars net, registering the second fastest goal of the season – a mere two seconds slower than the record, scored by Salavat Yulaev’s Alexander Radulov. Now three of the twenty fastest strikes of the season are from Barys players, as Lukas Kaspar has hit goals timed at 32 and 46 seconds, one of which was against Ak Bars. Another curious fact: Barys is the only outfit this season to score against the champions in the first minute.

The men from Astana have a tradition for producing lightning-quick strikes: last season’s twenty fastest included goals from Konstantin Glazachev (23 seconds) and Maxim Spiridonov (31 seconds), while Spiridonov also scored one in the first KHL campaign in the 35th second. Against this background, Bochenski can be proud of setting a new team record.

Figure of the day
6 winning goals have now been struck by Avangard’s Roman Cervenka, a distinction he shares with five other players.

Key players
Vitaly Kolesnik (Salavat Yulaev). Saved 31 shots out of 32, helping his teammates claim their sixth successive victory.

Tommy Wargh (Yugra). Helped to create two of his team’s goals and earned a +2.

Ilkka Heikkinen (Sibir). Spent over 24 minutes on the ice, in which time he set up one goal, scored the game-winner, and merited a +1.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Traktor). Added one goal, one assist, and a +2 to his account.

Mikhail Yunkov (Spartak). Took part in the move which produced his team’s first goal, and then needed no help from anyone to score the second.

Denis Kochetkov (Torpedo). Hit four shots, which yielded two goals – including the game-winner – and finished at a +2.

Quotes of the day
“I’m really glad that this wonderful tradition has emerged in our team: we always fight back in the third period,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

“I believe that just to stay in the team the guys must play to the very end. They must show themselves, because next season there’ll be a lot of changes made in the team,” Avtomobilist head coach Evgeny Mukhin.

“Of course for us the season is over too early. I’m for adding another tournament, for those who don’t qualify for the Gagarin Cup,” Metallurg Novokuznetsk head coach Anatoly Yemelin.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru

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