Mikhailov's players can't score two-on-none...
Game Recap: SKA - Neftekhimik.

OCT.6 -- First scoreless tie of the season has been registered last night on the ice of Yubileiny Sports Palace in St.Petersburg. Netminders Sergei Naumov and Dmitry Khomutov got their second and first shut-outs of the season respectively, as visiting Neftekhimik outshot local SKA 30 to 16.
   "I think we outplayed them today, but the way we handled our scoring chances is unacceptable," - said Nizhnekamsk's head coach Vladimir Krikunov, whose team demonstrated a lot of grit and desire in opposition's end. However hitting a pair of posts midway through the final period was the closest Neftekhimik forwards came to scoring. As far as their SKA colleagues - they often lacked simplicity on attack overpassing the puck too much. At the end of the second period SKA's Andrei Rychagov and Oleg Boltunov skated two-on-none against Khomutov. Boltunov's decision to make the goalie move by passing the puck was sound, but he did it so poorly that Rychagov didn't even managed to get the shot on goal. Still SKA could have won it all late in the third period when Alexei Tsvetkov's shot hit the post with less than a minute to go. In overtime the best chance fell again to the home side but Andrei Galushkin failed to beat Khomutov from in close.
   "Our problem is that at the moment we don't have any forwards capable of scoring consistently. But I'm satisfied with my player's intensity level and the way we've worked in our own end," - shouted SKA boss Boris Mikhailov.
   St.Petersbourg side may fix it's problems offensively when experienced vets Igor Chibirev and Ilya Gorbushin (on loan from Omsk) join the team in November. Meantime, despite unproductive play, SKA registered at least a point in the fourth consecutive outing.

-- Max Dostoevsky