Players You May Recognize
Nik Antropov, Victor Hedman, Andrew Hutchinson, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Bochenski, Dustin Boyd
|I kinda wish the Pens still had O'Reilly...|
or were playing hockey...
That would be the only goal Barys scored though as Magnitogorsk fought back to gain momentum with their home crowd and got a little help from some poor goaltending as well. With 5 minutes left in the 1st period, Nikolai Kulemin held the puck near the goal line by the Barys net patiently. After surveying his passing options (there were none), he took a bad angle shot which somehow slipped into the net for a 2-1 lead.
|Hedman won the battle of 71's here.|
Once tempers subsided on both sides, Metallurg went to work at putting the game away during the rest of the 2nd period. Dmitry Kazionov scored 2 goals and Sergei Gonchar added a powerplay goal in a 5 minute span to take Barys completely out of the game with a 5-1 score. After the 5th goal, Barys pulled their starting goalie Lassila and put in backup Pavel Poluektov.
Poluektov didn't let a shot in for the rest of the game and the 3rd period went very quickly and quietly as both teams appeared to be ready to move on. There were more instances of YMCA, the wave, and thunder sticks being used in the crowd than quality chances on the ice.
Final Score: Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5 Barys Astana 1Metallurg improves to 16-0-6-5 and Barys drops to 11-0-5-11.
Evgeni Malkin - Malkin showed a lot of fire in this game with quite a few physical altercations. He played well but certainly seemed more intent on causing chaos with his body than the puck today. He only managed 3 shots, an unusually low total for him, and recorded just 1 assist in only 19:50 of ice time (also an unusually low number). He was only 8 for 18 in faceoffs as well. My guess is someone woke up on the wrong side of bed today.
|I think he was going for the Mighty Ducks jersey pullover|
Others - Nikolai Kulemin was named Magnitogorsk's player of the game with only 1 goal recorded...I'm not sure why. Mozyakin is the KHL's leader in points with 37 right now, followed by Alexander Radulov with 36 and Evgeni Malkin in 3rd with 33 points. Cal O'Reilly only played 9:42 because of his 10 minute misconduct. Head coach Paul Maurice was clearly unhappy and sat him much longer than necessary.