Spartak’s record victory
Spartak’s rout of Amur in Khabarovsk was by far the team’s biggest win on the road. Back in the first KHL championship the “Red-and-Whites” did hit 7 goals away from Moscow, in a 7-4 triumph at Vityaz, and this was their best until this season. They first improved on this in the current campaign with the 5-1 win at CSKA and then the 4-0 over Torpedo, before adding another episode to the club’s history with today’s goal blitz.

Severstal’s third period
Today’s comeback by the Cherepovets men was the third time this season they have won despite being behind after two periods. The undisputed leaders on this score are Salavat Yulaev, having turned around a game in the final third in six attempts from fifteen. Only one team in the KHL is still yet to win a game despite trailing after 40 minutes – Spartak. Returning to Severstal, they also produced three such fightbacks in the previous campaign, but just the one in the first championship. As for the reverse statistic, the Cherepovets men have also lost three games in which they led after two periods – something they did only twice in each of the previous seasons.

SKA’s sucker punch
SKA’s empty-net goal today was the team’s fourth so far, matching the current totals of Dinamo Riga, Yugra, Torpedo and Severstal. For Petr Cajanek it was his second, with Maxim Rybin and Mattias Weinhandl scoring the other two. It was also the fourth such goal allowed by Metallurg Novokuznetsk, although they can take some consolation in that they are still far from matching Barys’s total of seven for the season. But frankly, it is rare for Metallurg to stay in the game until the final minutes, thus for the Novokuznetsk coaches it has scarcely been worth pulling the goalie.

Figure of the day
46th birthday for Spartak goaltender Dominik Hasek, and he celebrated by keeping his goal intact for the seventh time this season.

Key players
Dominik Hasek (Spartak). Saved all 21 shots to become the leading shutout king for the season.

Ivan Baranka (Spartak). Scored two goals and earned a rating of +3.

Stanislav Yegorshev (Severstal). Played for over 21 minutes and finished at a +2.

Anton But (SKA). Made three assists in a performance which merited a +2.

Stefan Ruzicka (Spartak). Spent more time on the ice than any other Spartak forward and scored a double.

Roman Lyuduchin (Spartak). Along with Baranka and Ruzicka, he was one of seven players to take two points from this game. Apart from scoring one goal and assisting on another, he added a +3 to his account.

Quotes of the day
“I’m happy the guys gave Dominik such a birthday present,” Spartak head coach Andrei Yakovenko.

“We lost this game during the break,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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