G, Amur, 2 G, 2 W, 98.55%, GAA 0.50
The Czech goalie, at his first season in the KHL, had a rocky start of the season. Moreover, his colleague Evgeny Alikin had a few strong games in net for the Tigers, and Bartosak was confined to the backup role. However, things change fast in hockey, and on Thursday, the Czech goalie was called to backstop the Tigers’ net, and Amur defeated Traktor with a 2:0 score in Chelyabinsk. Bartosak stopped 39 shots, but wasn’t in net for 54 seconds — leaving the place to the young Alexander Yevgrafov, at his KHL debut — and thus wasn’t credited with his first KHL shutout. Two days ago, Bartosak was excellent again, with a 29-save performance that allowed Amur get a precious win in Cherepovets. Currently the Tigers are in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, tied with Neftekhimik at 35 points. The playoff race is still open.
F, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +4
The Swedish international had a fantastic week for Dinamo Minsk, scoring points in three consecutive games and, overall, being one of the best players for the Belarussian franchise. Tedenby started the week out scoring Minsk’s lone goal in St. Petersburg, with Dinamo losing 1:2 on Wednesday. Two days later, the Belarussians had an away win over Vityaz, with Tedenby potting the game-winner in the third period and adding a helper for Kirill Voronin’s first of the night. On Sunday, Dinamo travelled to Sochi and lost 4:3 OT, but Tedenby had another multipoint game, again with a goal and a helper. The Swedish productive forward has now 26 (12+14) points in 36 regular-season games, while Dinamo Minsk is the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference’s standings, tied with seventh seed Spartak at 41 points.
D, Sibir, 2 G, 3 (2+1) points, +3
Sibir is having an excellent season so far, as the team sits in the Eastern Conference’s sixth place, and the large-framed defenseman was excellent throughout the side’s four-game winning streak. Last week, Cajkovsky first opened the score in Sibir’s 2:1 win in Sochi. Then, on Saturday, he had his first multi-point game of the season when the Novosibirsk side had a sound win over Kunlun Red Star in Mytishchi (7:2). Sibir is currently the sixth seed in the East, at just two points from Avangard. The Andrei Martemyanov’s men have struggled in finding the net, but they allowed the fewest goals in their conference, and this is greatly increasing the team’s chances for a postseason qualification.
F, Dinamo Riga, 2 G, 3 (1+2) points, +1
The Latvians are struggling again in the standings but have recently achieved their first win under new head coach Vladimir Krikunov. Last week, Dinamo Riga gathered points in both games, first losing to Severstal after SO (2:3), then winning in Nizhny Novgorod, once again after SO (4:3). The Finn forward was one of the best for the Krikunov’s men, having two helpers in Dinamo’s losing effort in Cherepovets, then netting his fourth of the season against Torpedo. With the teams tied at two, Karjalainen made the best of a play by Rudolf Cerveny to score the go-ahead goal in the late second period. The Latvians are currently twelve points off the playoff line, and getting there will be hard, but still doable.
D, Sibir, 2 G, 2 (1+1) points, +2
Trevor Murphy was already featured last week, when he won Defenseman of the week honors, and he’s back this time around with another strong performance for Sibir. The Novosibirsk side is maintaining an excellent pace, and Murphy has now a solid 17 (6+11) points in 23 games. The blueliner was one of the best for Sibir last week, with a multi-point performance against Kunlun Red Star and an excellent game against Sochi, even if he didn’t get to the scoresheet. To try and get by at least a playoff round, Sibir needs its imports to play their best.