|2009 Continental Hockey League (KHL)|
CSKA Moscow met their underdog neighbor Spartak Moscow in the latter's home turf during the fourth round of the Kontinental Hockey League.The game was practically dominated by CSKA throughout, but yet the final score was a curious 5:5 tie. Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues), while at times solid, was hardly tested and ended allowing five goals on less than 20 shots.His opposing netminder the Czech Prusek delivered a more solid performance and handled for the most part well an onslaught of shots from CSKA. CSKA was at one point 4:1, but let the lead slip away and allowed the tying goal with less than 2 minutes left in the contest.CSKA could have even lost the game if a skate goal by Spartak defenseman Kirill Lyamin (Ottawa Senators) was called back. It probably should have been since before the puck ended up in Lyamin's feet, it bounced hard off Prusek's helmet. Whether the Czech netminder could have gotten back to stop the puck if he was not dazed is unclear, but the play should have been stopped when the goalie suffered the injury. Below, please find some commentary regarding the performance of several NHL drafted prospects who participated in this contest.
Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) played a strong game.He had a great chance in the first period when he had a clear shot at the goalie, but failed to raise the puck and hesitated a bit on the release.He did score on a rebound early in the second period with a nice follow up against Czech Prusek.
Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) - captain of CSKA played well, passing the puck precisely and played reliably in his own zone.An impressive skater, he played with confidence throughout the game.
Grigori Misharin (Minnesota Wild) - despite a relatively stable game, stood out with a ridiculous four two minute penalties, including one with just five minutes left in the game when his team was up a goal.Interestingly these were his first penalty minutes of the season.
Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) - one of CSKA's top forwwrads on all dimensions.Very fast and hard working, he created many chances in this contest.
Kirill Lyamin (Ottawa Senators) - played a good game of physical hockey, delivering some good hits.He unfortunately stood out by scoring a goal into his own net off his skate when his goalie was hit in the head with the puck and the puck than ended up under his feet.
Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals) - it seems that his line was double shifting throughout the game.The young forward played very well with his brother, largely constituting Spartak's second line.
Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) - Worked hard throughout the game, but was under a watchful eye of CSKA defensemen.He had a few good chances though, finally converting in the last minutes of the game to tie it up with a nice shot from the right side that was deflected in.The forward is clearly one of Spartak's leaders and more technical scorers.