OCT.31 -- Sergei Luchinkin scored twice to lead CSKA to a 5-0 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk last night. Veterans' unit of Luchinkin, Rail Muftiev and Albert Leschev combined for seven points, as Viktor Tikhonov's squad avenged last Saturday's embarrassing 7-1 blow in Novokuznetsk.
CSKA outshot the visitors 35 to 21, as Dusan Salficky registered his first RSL shut-out.
17-year old puckwiz Nikolai Zherdev scored CSKA's fourth goal. Vladimir Gorbunov, playing just in his second game of the season, stole the puck away from Sergei Shabanov, who was trying to handle it behind the net. Than Islanders' prospect threw it up front for Zherdev who had a wide open net to shoot at. Zherdev was benched for the whole second period for missing on several glorious chances and, according to Tikhonov senior: "Not moving his feet quite well," in game's opening third.
Alexei Kolkunov and Rail Muftiev also scored for CSKA.
In TOGLIATTI, Lada and St.Petersburg combined for league record 317 minutes in penalties as a result of massive third period brawl. All begun when Lada's Alex Buturlin high-sticked SKA's Egor Bashkatov, who didn't hesitate to punch his offender in the head. Suddenly there was four massive fights across the ice. Players from both benches jumped into action, as Lada's Canadian netminder Mike Fountine left his goalcrease to help one of his team-mates.
All in all couple of Lada's players were beaten quite badly. Veteran Alex Boikov was outgunned by youngster Dmitry Ivanov, while Detroit's prospect Igor Grigorenko (5-11, 183) couldn't resist at all against diminutive Alexander Matviychuk (5-9, 160).
SKA's head coach Boris Mikhailov blamed Fountine for provoking team on team brawl: "If he'd gone after (SKA's goalie Valery) Ivannikov, I'd have no problem with that. But he decided to be third in the fight and that initiated more brawls," Lada's bench boss Pyotr Vorobiev seemed to agree with his colleague: "Mike had to stay in the net, it wasn't his business getting into scramble like that."
By the way, Lada won the hockey game 2-1.
In MAGNITOGORSK, Alexander Koreshkov scored at 3:47 of the overtime period to give Metallurg a 3-2 win over Spartak. Koreshkov accepted a nifty drop pass from Sergei Osipov and send the puck top shelf, past helpless Steven Plouffe. Ottawa Senateurs' prospect Alexei Kaigorodov got assists on the play.
In MOSCOW, thanks to Alexei Chupin's OT goal Kazan's Ak Bars defeated Soviet Wings for the first time since the Fall of 1996. Moscow side held a nine-game unbeaten streak (five wins, four ties) against Yuri Moiseev's side.
In UFA, Severstal defeated Salavat Yulaev 1-0. The exact same score in favor of Sergei Mikhalev's side was registered a week ago when teams met in Cherepovets. Yuri Dobryshkin scored game's lone goal. That was his ninth tally of the season.
-- Russian Hockey Insider