Players You May Recognize
Lukas Krajicek, Joe Pavelski, Geoff Platt, Pekka Rinne, Tim Stapleton
|Captain Geno is here to stay.|
Metallurg demonstrated a very strong commitment to defense in the first period, often keeping 2 if not 3 guys lingering back to eliminate odd-man breaks. The system worked well as they allowed only 7 shots and no goals in the 1st period. It also hindered their offense for a majority of the period until Dynamo's Teemu Laine was called for interference in the offensive zone. Magnitogorsk scored quickly on the powerplay when Mats Zuccarello took a one-timer that Pekka Rinne deflected to the slot. The deflection went straight to Dmitry Kazionov's stick and he took a quick wrist shot for a 1-0 lead.
|Minsk fan is not impressed.|
The second period started aggressively though and Evgeni Malkin was sent to the penalty box for roughing. Minsk took advantage of the chance and Tim Stapleton cut the lead to 2-1 with a wrist shot from the high slot. The rest of the period would see plenty of anger and frustration as both teams turned up the intensity. It started with Geoff Platt and Kazionov cross-checking each other in the face shortly after Stapleton's goal. Minutes later, Mats Zuccarello was hit from behind at the benches which led to Justin Hodgman fighting Andrei Mikhalev in his defense. The teams traded additional powerplay chances through the middle of the period before things calmed down.
With roughly 2:30 left in the 2nd, Dynamo Minsk had a great chance with Ari Ahonen out of position but Oleg Tverdovsky hooked a player down to save a goal. It was all for naught though as Minsk went on the powerplay with that hooking call and scored off of the faceoff with a Janne Niskala slapshot from the point. Tempers flared again with the game tied at 2 as Kazionov and Platt got into it again. Platt put a high hit on Kazionov after the whistle and Kazionov dropped his gloves, attacking Platt, who dropped to his knees. Kazionov was given a double minor for roughing and Minsk went to the powerplay. Magnitogorsk killed the first minor to end the 2nd period.
|Maurice breaks out his OT face.|
The minor to start the 3rd would not end so well though. Geoff Platt got his revenge and tapped in a rebound on the crease to give Minsk a 3-2 lead. Magnitogorsk spent much of the period trying to force long passes and committed turnover after turnover. Finally, with 4 minutes left in regulation, the 2nd line came through. Sergei Mozyakin took the puck deep into the corner and curled back towards the faceoff circle. As he curled back, he drew two defensemen over, including one from Cal O'Reilly on the backside of the crease. Mozyakin fed a perfect pass to O'Reilly who tapped it into a wide open net to tie the game at 3.
Yet again, Magnitogorsk went to OT, where they had an 0-8 record heading into this game. Despite Mozyakin taking a tripping penalty in overtime, they survived OT and continued on to a shootout. Of course, the shootout would drop them to 0-9 though.
Kazionov went 1st and tried to deke to his backhand but Rinne stopped it.
Irgl started for Minsk and beat Ahonen 5-hole.
Malkin then went for Magnitogorsk and was stopped on a wrist shot by Rinne.
Finally, Tim Stapleton took a quick wrist shot that beat Ahonen glove side and the game was over.
Final Score: Dynamo Minsk 4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 (SO)Magnitogorsk drops to 16-0-9-5 and Dynamo Minsk improves to 7-5-4-14.
|Rinne hasn't been great in the KHL, |
but he was good enough tonight.
Evgeni Malkin - Malkin had his second disappointing game in a row (and it was his 2nd as Captain with Platonov in the lineup). He had no points, 2 PIM, 5 shots, and was 11 for 27 in faceoffs in 25:30 of ice time. Pekka Rinne seemed to have Malkin's number as he looked completely unfazed by anything Geno threw at him. The roughing penalty he took (that led to Dynamo's 1st goal) was completely unnecessary. Magnitogorsk as a whole needs a boost right now and it would be nice if Captain Geno would provide it.