|2009 Continental Hockey League (KHL)|
The first period has been quiet with no goals scored and only a couple of chances for the home team. The first comes at the third minute when Chistov dekes past three opponents and centers the puck, Zavarukhin doesn’t hook and the rush ends its way. At the fourteen minute Fountin rejects a big slapshot by Atyushov, Chistov picks up the rebound searching for the right angle but Fountin denies it.
The first period has been dominated by Metallurg, but in the second, after only forty seconds, Krysanov has a big moment, but Mezin Saves. Five minutes later Atyushov has his second chance of the game with a powerful slapshot, Fountin saves. The Canadian goalkeeper repeats at the seventh as he stops in style a couple of shots from the home side. The game flows nicely but without many chances and thus the first period ends with the teams tied at zero.
After forty seconds Krysanov has a good chance after a feed by Ketov, but Mezin is ready. From the second minute the home team regains control of the ice, putting a lot of pressure over Fountin who seems to be in a good day. After the umpteenth save by the guest goalkeeper at the seventeenth minute Metallurg gets the go-ahead goal: from the left circle Marek served Kaigorodov left completely open between the circles, his one-timer is perfect and ends it course in the back of the net.
The third period starts with a quick penalty against Metallurg’s Evgeny Biryukov for delay of game, but it’s the home team who gets dangerous with Kudrna after a great pass by Denis Platonov (Nashville Predators), but Fountain stretches the right pad and gets a piece of it in a spectacular way. Some instants later Lada forechecks aggressively in the neutral zone, quickly counterattacking and Anton Krysanov plays it smart making it 1-1 with a nasty wristshot that touches the right post before going in.
Metallurg is a bit on difficulty and right after the game tying goal Marek is punished and thus the guests can go on a powerplay. First Chernikov rattles the crossbar, then, once the teams are back on full strength, Ketov with a big shot exalts Mezin’s reflexes. In the second part of the last period Metallurg takes over the control of the game, but without finding the right chance. The game goes to the overtime, where at the third minute Metallurg gets a big chance with Chistov after a great feed by Kaigorodov, but after a couple of dekes he fails in front of Fountin. The game will be then decided after the penalty shots, where Simakov’s and Kaigorodov’s unanswered goals lead Metallurg to a deserved win.
Penalties break down:
Marek – goalie
Ketov – goalie
Simakov – scores
Petrov – goalie
Kaigorodov – scores
Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers)
Very good game played by him. He plays in the second defensive pair with Valeri Vasiliev. He played very well throughtout the whole game, especially in the first half, without errors at both ends of the rink. Didn’t stand out particularly, but he looked reliable back in the own zone and useful while carring ahead the puck. He plays a very mature game.
Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Lada’s number one defenseman. He plays with latvian Pujacs, and they form a reliable back guard. Vorobiev played a solid game, without errors a part an avoidable penalty at the fifty minute. He suffered a bit from the pressure that Metallurg sometimes put on him while in puck possession, but nothing dangerous came out from this moments.
Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes)
Plays as first line center with Panov and Ketov, doesn’t start well the match and is hurt a bit by Metallurg’s defensemen physical play. Plays better in the second period and in the third, when he scores with a great timed and accurate wrist shot. Good game, but he could have played better especially in the first half.
Average. He wasn’t iced too much by head coach Petr Vorobiev, and he did nothing to make his coach change idea. Sometimes he used his imposing size along the boards, but overall his performance wasn’t enough.
Denis Platonov (Nashville Predators)
Nice game played by Platonov, iced as wing with Kudrna as center. Made things happen with his good passes, like the one that freed up Kudrna in the start of the third period, during a penalty killing counterattack.
Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes)
Once again he was perhaps the best player on ice. He clicks very well with his linemates Marek and Simakov, this line is really entertaining. Scores a great goal displaying a very good play without the puck, a quality that doesn’t hurt a high-calibre playmaker like him.