The gate is finally shut
Dynamo Moscow kept Metallurg off the scoreboard in Magnitogorsk today for only the Muscovites’ third shutout of the season. Nevertheless, they still have time to match their total for last year (4), or even the 5 they managed in the first championship.

Today’s clean sheet came not a moment too soon for Oleg Znarok’s men, who had allowed at least one goal in all their previous 21 games – the worst spell of the Blue-and-Whites’ time in the KHL. During this run, and not including shootouts, the Dynamo goalies were most likely to allow four (six times), three or two (five times each), and also twice allowed seven goals, twice just the one goal, while in the remaining game they let in five.

Dangerous when outnumbered
Even though Amur once again failed to make the play-offs, on one count the team can boast being right up among the leaders. The Khabarovsk men have hit seven short-handed goals, and only Traktor (10) and Dinamo Riga (9) have scored more.

Before this season, the men from the Far East were among the weakest in this department, scoring just one such goal in the first championship and three in the second.

Figure of the day
9900 goals have now been scored by Avangard in the club’s history, spanning championships of the USSR, Russia, and now the KHL. The milestone was reached today with Sergei Sentyurin’s goal - the Omsk men’s 482nd goal in the KHL.

Key players
Michael Garnett (Dynamo Moscow). Saved all 32 shots.

Alexei Yemelin (Ak Bars). A goal and an assist in a performance which merited a +3.

Vitaly Anikeyenko (Lokomotiv). Scored a goal and was rated one of the most valuable players in the team, earning a +4.

Petr Cajanek (SKA). Scored one goal, assisted on another, and finished at a +2.

Matt Ellison (Torpedo). Spent almost 20 minutes on the ice, scored one goal himself and set up two more for his teammates.

Alexander Kalyanin (Lokomotiv). Also notched 3 points (1+2) and earned a rating of +3.

Quotes of the day
“Before the third period we told the guys they must keep a hold of themselves and on no account let themselves get provoked. They couldn’t quite fulfill this request,” Atlant head coach Milos Riha.

“This game could have been all over in the first period. We could do nothing to stop Amur in that spell. But, as often happens, if you withstand those moments, the game evens itself out,” Avangard head coach Raimo Summanen.

“I think we scored too many goals against Lokomotiv and there was nothing left over for today,” – Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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