CSKA keeps being awful on home ice
OCT.22 -- Fifteen games into the season CSKA is 1-7-0 at home and 3-3-1 on the road. Last night Viktor' Tikhonov's squad disappointed it's home crowd once more. A 2-1 lost in hands of Ivan Hlinka's Avangard.
The home side came out strong in the opening period outshooting the Hawks 19-10. Once again 17-year old Nikolai Zherdev was Red Army's best player in spite of playing with new line-mates (Alex Polushin and Rail Muftiev). However, it was Sergei Mozyakin who had the best chance of the period. Unfortunately CSKA top pointgetter failed to beat Alex Viyukhin on a break-away.
Early in the second period the visitors scored twice in 50-second span solving the outcome of the contest. At 5:29 Dmitry Ryabykin beat Oleg Shevtsov between the pads with a powerful shot from the blue line. Than, another defenceman, Valery Pokrovsky skated in the slot and slapped the disk past Shevtsov after netminder stopped Maxim Sushinsky's effort.
Midway through the final period Mozyakin took advantage of Viyukhin mishandling the puck near the net. His goal was the only thing CSKA was able to mussel despite outshooting Omsk 10-5.
Second scoreless draw of the season was registered in KHABAROVSK, between Amur and Moscow Spartak. Amur outshot visitors 5-1 in the overtime, but Spartak's netminder Steve Plouffe provided great effort. Plouffe managed 30 saves on the night for his second shut-out of the season, his colleague Amur's Alex Westlund had 20 saves.
In YAROSLAVL, Andrei Kovalenko had a goal and an assists, as Lokomotiv defeated Sibir 4-1. Vladimir Vujtek's side once again had a tough start to the game, but exploded for three goals in the final period. Bolt's Anton But scored his 8th goal of the season for Loko.
In TOGLIATTI, Igor Grigorenko had two goals and also set up Alex Buturlin, as Lada easily disposed over Molot-Prikamie 5-0. Grigorenko's first goal was quite curious, as he cut sleeping Molot's puckstopper Evgeny Ryabchikov shooting the puck in from the red line.
In MAGNITOGORSK, it took Alex Selivanov six games to score his first RSL goal since 1994. The tally came in Metallurg's win over SKA 3-1.
In CHELYABINSK, Severstal beat Mechel 3-1. Severstal's Yuri Dobryshkin had a goal and an assists. Andrei Sidyakin and Alexander Shinkar also scored for the winners.
Other results: Salavat Yulaev - Dinamo 5-2, Krylia Sovetov - Metallurg Nk 1-5.-- Russian Hockey Insider