Youngsters shine in Lada's victory
Game Recap: Lada - Salavat Yulaev
OCT.14 -- Prior to the game Lada Hockey Club announced the signing of center Bruce Gardiner. 31-year old checker played over 300 games in NHL for Ottawa, Tampa Bay, New Jersey and Columbus. Gardiner signed a two year deal and shall join the team in November.
First period was quite eventless, only marked by unsuccessful play of both sides with man advantage.
At 6:13 of the second period Washington Capitals' first rounder Alexander Semin cut napping Salavat Yulaev's netminder Konstantin Simchuk. Semin entered the visitors' zone and skated parallel the blue line, than took a wrister that slipped past partially screened Simchuk. This pretty dull goal even seemed quite spectacular. Aftermath Petr Vorobiev's side failed to cash on back-to-back power play opportunities. However as the period ended Lada still had a minute long advantage in the bank and took care of it early in the third when Montreal Canadien's draftee Alex Buturlin got his first of the season.
Buturlin scored off a nifty three way passing play, preceded by spectacular rush in the slot by Igor Grigorenko. Red Wings draft pick was rightfully picked as the game's first star as he used to full advantage his remarkable speed and stickhandling skills.
Another solid performance came from Alex Semin. After Buturlin's goal Caps' prospect managed three exciting shifts in five minutes span. First he blew past four Salavat's players only to loose the puck to the fifth. Than coming out the penalty box he sent Oleg Belkin on a break-away, but veteran Belorussian shot over the net. Finally Semin hit the post in the third sequence.
At 14:32 Nikolai Zavarukhin gave his teammates some hope, but at the end the visiting players couldn't even settle in Lada's zone as they were obviously exhausted.
-- Max Dostoevsky