NHL/Former NHL Players You May Recognize
Jan Bulis, Andrei Kostitsyn, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Deron Quint, Stanislav Chistov, Michael Garnett
- Evgeni Malkin was named attacker of the month and Sergei Gonchar was named defenseman of the month for December: http://en.khl.ru/news/2013/01/01/24966.html
- Sergei Mozyakin was named attacker of the week for Week 15: http://en.khl.ru/news/2013/01/01/24964.html
- Standings Update: Magnitogorsk sits in 3rd place in the West with 78 points. Chelyabinsk is 4th in the West with 75 points. Big game in the standings.
- KHL Scoring Race Update: Mozyakin entered tonight's game with the lead (63), 4 points ahead of Malkin (59) and 15 points ahead of Alexander Radulov (48).
- Starting goalies: Michael Garnett for Chelyabinsk and Ari Ahonen for Magnitogorsk.
- Injury report remains the same: Cal O'Reilly, Oleg Tverdovsky, and Evgeny Biryukov out.
The rest of the first period continued along quietly with each team getting a powerplay chance but failing to convert. Metallurg finished the 1st leading 9-6 in shots, which did not include a beautiful chance for Malkin with 18 seconds left where he shot the puck over a wide open net from two feet away. Geno was left staring to the heavens in wonderment as the period came to a close. Also of note, Washington Capitals' prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th pick in 2010) had 4 of Traktor's 6 shots in the period.
Magnitogorsk started the second period with back to back powerplays as forward Konstantin Panov was called for tripping, came out of the box after the penalty was killed, and was called for tripping again. Unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on either chance with Malkin ringing a slapshot off the post at the end of the second powerplay. After the two kills, Traktor had a chance to tie the game with Malkin in the penalty box for hooking, but they only managed 1 shot on the powerplay.
Traktor had one more strong chance to get into the game early in the 3rd period with Mikhail Yakubov in the box for holding, but Metallurg's penalty kill was too aggressive for Traktor to handle. A few minutes after the penalty was killed, Malkin finished his natural hat trick and capped off the scoring with a fanned shot that dribbled into the net. Enver Lisin created the chance by skating the puck behind the net and attempting a wrap-around that sailed across the crease. Mozyakin attempted to corral the puck, missed it, and let it slide to Malkin. Malkin then fanned on the shot but still hit the puck hard enough that it slid past Garnett who was left scrambling.
With a 3-0 lead midway through the 3rd, the only things left to do were clean up the hats and preserve Ahonen's third shutout in a row. Traktor never put a scare into the goalie as Metallurg kept all shots to the perimeter and cleared the front of the net to perfection. With that, Magnitogorsk won the game and jumped into 1st place in the West with 81 points, 1 point ahead of Avangard Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan.
Final Score: Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 Traktor Chelyabinsk 0
Box Score: http://text.khl.ru/en/35122.htmlMagnitogorsk improves to 24-0-9-7 and Chelyabinsk drops to 21-3-6-10.
|Things I miss: Geno celebrations|
|Gonchar's inevitable reaction to Pens fan debates|
|A couple more years of seasoning makes more sense now.|
Next Game: 1/6, 11am EST @ Slovan Bratislava
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Keep track of Malkin and the KHL scoring race here: http://en.khl.ru/stat/leaders/222/.
|Look for Ahonen stats too.|