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Author: Evgeny BelousovDate: 01/15/2010
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others

2010 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)



January 14th was once again derby time, the last one of the season, in which Spartak Moscow faced their main rivals, the Red Army club. The game has been won 3-1 by Spartak, with the game winning goal being scored by the young power forward Igor Musatov. The goalie were Dmity Kochnev for Spartak and Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) for CSKA.

The most observed players were all playing in one CSKA trio, with Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Dmitry Sayustov and Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), who spent many years in Lada Togliatti and was having a good season there before getting traded, but that has already got chemistry within his new team. In the first two period this line was pretty dangerous around Spartak's crease.

Thanks to his technique and speed Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) skated around the slowest Spartak defensemen quite often. He was constantly a threat with quick counterattacks, both two-on-one or solos. But his efforts only became saves by Spartak's goalie Dmitry Kochnev and none of his 6 attempts turned on the red lights.

His linemate Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues) won most of his battles, was really active and effective during the forecheck. He tried a couple of shots from the blue line, but just like his partners he couldn't get the puck past Kochnev.

The most iced among the prospects was center Dmitry Sayustov. He was iced during penalty killing stretches too, but his game wasn't the best, wining only around 25% of faceoffs and not causing threats with his passing game.

Recently the General Manager and Head Coach Sergei Nemchinov decided to trade to Avangard Omsk the former leader of his defensive corps Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) for the young Evgeny Kurbatov and the veteran Filipp Metlyuk, who played this game paired with Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes). Yet another product of the Togliatti hockey school, Metlyuk played a not bad game, but the fact that he didn't show much focus says that he's yet to gel with the rest of the team.

For Spartak Moscow, recently the center Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) moved to the top lines playing with Kirill Knyazev and Roman Lyuduchin, and he isn't making the team missing Alexander Rybakov. He played with confidence and was very effective on the faceoff dots as he won around the 60% of them. He also was noticeable for some excellent passes.

His line mate Roman Lyuduchin was, just as usual, among the most active players on ice, both on offense and on the forecheck departments. He didn't score, but he managed to entertain the crowd with his eye-catching style.

Igor Musatov, even if he didn't receive much ice time, has been recognized as his team's best player on ice. The young power forward scored the game-winning goal with a very accurate shot from close range in the second period and has also played well on defense.

The latest regular season derby showed that both Sergei Nemchinov's and Milos Riga's teams might play the underdog role in the playoffs and give us some surprises.


Related Player Profiles: . S.Andronov K.Barulin N.Filatov M.Goncharov I.Kablukov D.Kulyash I.Musatov S.Nemchinov A.Rybakov
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