Sergei KrivokrasovClassic Krivo lifts Amur out of stinking
Game Recap: Amur -Lada

NOV.28 -- Amur's head coach Andrei Pyatanov decided that it was a good time to sew a "K", Russian letter for C, on Sergei Krivokrasov's jersey.

"I had no other choice," - claims Pyatanov. "Sergei is our true leader on and off the ice, he's a real example of neat professionalism. Unlike some of our players - he always gives his best effort - whether it's a practice or a game."

Former NHLer, arguably one of most valuable players in RSL this season, responded well to the challenge scoring twice for the second straight game and lifting his team to a 3-1 win over Lada, as Amur ended a seven game winless streak (0-6-1) and moved back up the standings towards the top eight.

Aside from Krivo's debut as team captain the home side got another significant lift before the game when Maxim Spiridonov and Alexei Badyukov were cleared to play. Both at times of injuries led the team in scoring.

Vadim Averkin scores game's opening goal (Photo (c) hc-amur.ru)  Spiridonov had a very strong game he set up Vadim Averkin at 11:15 of the opening period for Amur's first goal and had several good opportunities to score himself. Badyukov was a factor as well.

Captain Krivo led his teammates by example straight from the opening face-off. He generated three dangerous shots in the first period, including one on a break-away, but Lada's netminder Maxim Mikhailovsky was up to the task.

Togliatti had a few good chances to equalize late in the period. The best of them came when Alexander Buturlin hit the post.

What Pyotr Vorobiev's squad couldn't do before the intermission, they did after. At 6:31 Evgeny Pavlov's weak shot snicked past screened Alex Westlund.

The game picked up the pace, as teams delivered some exciting back-to-back action. But despite numerous chances on both sides next goal came only with five minutes left to play in the third period. Krivokrasov scored with a laser quick wrister, while Amur was on the power-play.

With over a minute left to play Vorobiev pulled Mikhailovsky out in favor of sixth skater, but Krivo scored into empty net right away for his 10th tally of the season. On the play Chris Wells got his first RSL point.

-- Max Dostoevsky

Game summary:

Amur Khabarovsk - Lada Togliatti  3-1 (1:0, 0:1, 2:0)

First period:
1-0 AMU 11:15  Averkin,4 (Spiridonov, Grishin)
Penalty: Gorokhov LAD (tripping) 18:09.
Second period:
1-1 LAD  6:31  Pavlov,1 (Sevostianov, Cierny)
Penalty: Krivokrasov AMU (tripping) 15:46.
Third period:
2-1 AMU 15:33  Krivokrasov,9 (Yudnikov)  (pp)
3-1 AMU 19:11  Krivokrasov,10 (Wells, Tarasov)   (eng)
Penalties: Yudnikov AMU (high-stick) 11:23. Belkin LAD (charging) 14:22. MacIsaac AMU (roughing) 19:11.

Goalies: Westlund (W,11-10-4) 31/32 - Mikhailovsky (L,10-5-3) 22/24.

Shots:
Amur   9  7  9 -- 25
Lada  10 13  9 -- 32

Power play: Amur 1/2, Lada 0/3.
November 28. Khabarovsk. Lenin ISP.

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