Kalyuzhny gets another GWG
Game Recap: Severstal - SKA
Alexander Kalyuzhny scored midway through the second period to lead Severstal to a 2-1 win in their home opener. Kalyuzhny's beat SKA's Sergei Naumov with a powerful blast from in close to score his second game winner in as many games.
Visitors dominated in the opening period outshooting Severstal 12 to 8 and generating several scoring opportunities. After the intermission Sergei Mikhalev's squad pulled it's act together. At 6:25 while SKA's defender Nikolai Syrtsov was in the penalty box the home side took the lead. Vadim Epanchintsev one-timed the puck to the top of the net leaving no chance to Naumov. However, two minutes later Egor Bashkatov tied it at one apiece, pushing the puck in between Chistov's pads.
Kalyuzhny's goal came at 11:11 after Severstal players circulated the puck for a while in SKA's zone.
In the final period Nikolai Puchkov's side had better chances to score. Best of those came on Dmitry Mikhailov's break-away, but Chistov stood firm.
"I felt like we played a really good game. A kind of game that the fans like. I can't approach anything to my players, as we lost by a margin against a very strong opponent," - said Puchkov.
His colleague Sergei Mikhalev also praised the opposition: "They did a really good job defending against us with a lot of grit. Our defencemen lost too many one-on-one battles today and it's allowed them to generate several great scoring chances. I'm satisfied with result but not entirely with the way we played," - said Severstal's coach.
It seems like LA's Andrei Shefer has settled for good on defense in Cherepovets. He's yet to play forward this season. What's interesting is that offensively gifted Shefer plays it safe without joining the rush much. However, it may be attributed to the demands of coach Mikhalev, who has a poor record in working with young talent.
-- Max Dostoevsky