Naumov shines in SKA victory
Game recap: Molot-Prikamie - SKA
Defenceman Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk scored at 10:26 of the final period and goalie Sergei Naumov put together solid performance, stopping 23 of 24 home side's shots, to lead SKA to their first win of the season.
Zavalnyuk took a pass from Nikolai Zuenkov and wristed a weak shot from the right circle past screened Evgeny Ryabchikov. It was rearguard's second goal in as many games.
Andrei Shurupov put SKA ahead midway through the first period after a nifty give-and-go with Egor Bashkatov.
Veteran Lev Berdichevsky set the score at one apiece early in the second period, slapping the puck past Naumov on a break-away. That was the only time Latvia's international netminder got bitten. The home side pressed hard late in the third period, but couldn't solve Naumov.
"He (Naumov) was really solid behind their net. He didn't give us any rebounds," - said Molot's head coach Valery Postnikov.
The game ended with a couple of brawls as SKA's Alexei Koznev and Oleg Leontiev dumped glows versus Molot's Alek Gareev and Sergei Shikhanov.
No NHL prospects had a strong performance for Molot except for Minnesota Wild's Artyom Anisimov who played strong positional game. Coyotes' Alex Tatarinov had quality ice time, but was rather passive and finished the game at -1. While Chicago's Alex Barkunov committed series of mistakes in his own end and wasn't involved much offensively.
Undrafted SKA's schrumphs Alexei Tsvetkov (21 y.o. - 5"8, 160 lb.) and Andrei Rychagov (20 - 5"11, 180) had strong game playing alongside veteran (former Mighty Duck) Igor Nikulin. But at the moment they remain soft, European type forwards. Both need to dramatically upgrade their body strength and get more involved physically inside the perimeter in order to get noticed by NHL.-- Max Dostoevsky