Marek’s debut goal
Czech attacker Jan Marek burst onto the Russian hockey scene in 2006, and Atlant is his third KHL team, after Metallurg Magnitogorsk and CSKA. The forward has scored for each of his teams, and indeed he is one of the most prolific scorers in the country. Only at CSKA did Marek fail to score on his team debut, but even then he did not wait long to open his account, registering a goal and an assist in his second game for the Army Men against Amur. Marek scored in his first outing way back in that 2006-07 season, notching two goals against Severstal. He also found the target on his KHL debut, in a game against SKA. And Marek’s overall record in the regular championship is close to a point per game, his account showing 130 points from 134 outings. Today’s strike against Avtomobilist was the seventh winning goal of his KHL career.

Gelashvili’s perfect games
Metallurg Magnitogorsk goaltender Georgy Gelashvili earned his second shutout of the season today, but this is still his worst total of his time in the KHL. In the first championship, while wearing the Lokomotiv jersey, he kept his goal intact on four occasions, and six times the following season. Georgy’s favorite opponents are Sibir and Torpedo, against whom he has two clean sheets apiece. Gelashvili’s hardest-earned shutout was against SKA, who forced him to save 33 shots, while his easiest was when Dinamo Minsk bothered him just 17 times.

Dynamo routed
It is the second time this season that Dynamo Moscow set a new record for the team’s heaviest defeat in an away game. Back in December the Muscovites were hammered 2-7 by Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl, and now just a month later they have suffered an even worse thrashing. Only once throughout the previous two championships did the Dynamo men allow seven goals, and that was also in Ufa, but on that occasion Salavat Yulaev still needed a shootout to seal victory. And Oleg Znarok’s team still has to face two more games left on the road.

Figure of the day
15,576 spectators saw the Dinamo Minsk vs CSKA game, setting a new record attendance for the KHL. The previous highest was also for a game in Minsk, when 15,531 turned up for the visit of Ak Bars.

Key players
Alexander Vyukhin (Lokomotiv). Saved 38 shots to help his team to victory on the road.

Ilya Gorokhov (Atlant). Scored a short-handed goal and earned a rating of +1.

Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk). Spent over 23 minutes on the ice, took part in a scoring move and finished at a +1.

Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev). Scored one goal, assisted on another, earned a +2 and three times threatened the opposition goal.

Ryan Vesce (Torpedo). Had eight shots at goal and picked up three points, with one assist and two goals – including the golden goal in overtime.

Denis Parshin (CSKA). Took part in both his team’s scoring moves; topped up his account with one goal, one assist, the deciding shootout goal and a +1.

Quotes of the day
“Jan Marek flew in overnight, and in the first period he wasn’t really himself. But he gradually got going and even grabbed the deciding goal. I’m really counting on the combination of Marek – Irgl; they’re linemates in the Czech national side,” Atlant head coach Milos Riha.

“We had the chance to have a proper, full training session – although to be honest, it’s January’s first training session. That’s how busy we’ve been up till now with this packed playing schedule,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk head coach Kari Heikkila.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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