Magnitka's back on track
OCT.25 -- Alexander Selivanov stepped on the ice of Sokolniki Arena for the first time in eight years... and got booed by the crowd that once cheered him. For eight seasons until 94-95 Selivanov wore red and white and was one of Spartak fans' favorite. Last night he came back... in Metallurg's uniform. After playing in NHL for seven seasons and spending last year in Germany former Bolt and Oiler decided it was time to get back to his homeland. According to Selivanov, Metallurg was the only team to express any interest in him and all the talks about him passing out on Spartak had no ground. As far as coming back to Sokolniki, Alex was pretty modest about it: "It was just another game for me. Nothing special,"
Yesterday Selivanov flourished along side Evgeny Koreshkov and Valery Karpov. Unit formed by Valery Belousov a week ago combined for six points on the night, with Selivanov scoring once and assisting on Karpov's goal.
Also scoring for the visitors were Evgeny Koreshkov, Sergei Osipov and Eduard Kudermetov. Spartak had its goals from Pavel Boichenko and Sergei Arekaev.
That was Metallurg's third straight win. After poor start Belousov's squad is back on track in position to make the play-offs.
In KAZAN, Alex Korolyuk was back in Ak Bars line-up, but the home side couldn't beat Soviet Wings settling for one all tie. The two goals were scored in 22-second span midway through the second period. From inside the slot Alex Tertyshny dished the puck past Alexei Egorov after Evgeny Varlamov's tape-to-tape pass. Ruslan Bernikov replied for the Wings scoring on a break-away. Ak Bars cant beat Moscow side since October 1996.
In SAINT-PETERSBURG, SKA was beaten by Lada 3-1 and remains the only team in RSL winless on home ice. Lada's Igor Grigorenko had a goal and an assists. After the game SKA head coach Boris Mikhailov said that his team's only chance to remain in the SL for next season is to sign as more quality players as possible during November's Transfer Period.
In NIZHNEKAMSK, Anton But scored his ninth goal of the season to lead Loko to a 4-2 win over Neftekhimik. Scoring game's first goal But beat Neftekhimik's puckstopper Sergei Zvyagin on a rebound after two attempts by Pavel Vorobiev. Yaroslavl's captain, defender, Dmitry Krasotkin scored in third straight game. His power-play tally went on to remain game winning.
In NOVOKUZNETSK, Edmonton Oilers' prospect Maxim Spiridonov continues to triumph in his return to the home land. Spiridonov scored twice, including game winning tally, and set up Vadim Averkin's goal to lead Amur to a 4-3 win over Kuznya. Vadim Tarasov had another poor start for Metallurg allowing four goals on 12 shots. Canadiens' draftee was pulled off for the third period.
Other results: Sibir - CSKA 1-5, Avangard - Mechel 4-2, Severstal - Salavat Yulaev 1-0.
-- Russian Hockey Insider