Power play delivers
Game Recap: Ak Bars - Severstal
DEC.1 -- Ak Bars scored three times with the man-advantage on road to a 4-1 win over Severstal on Saturday night.
The home side opened the scoring early in the first period while Severstal's veteran Yuri Kuznetsov was serving an obstruction call. Alexander Korolyuk grabbed hold of the puck deep in opponents' zone, undressed two of Severtsal's players and dished a precise pass to defender Vitaly Proshkin, who moved into the slot and scored on a slapper.
Kazan doubled its lead with another power play tally one minute into the second period. Dmitry Kvartalnov scored from the side of the crease on a gorgeous cross-crease set up by Jan Benda.
Severstal's netminder, former Hab, Martin Brochu had less than a stellar outing. At 2:38 of the final period Brochu let in an awful shot from outside the blue line. LA Kings' prospect Evgeny Fedorov didn't think much when he accepted a cross-ice feed from Dmitry Gogolev. Fedorov blasted a low slapper that somehow trigged past Canadian goalie.
The goal basically wrote off Severstal's chances to get back into the contest.
At 9:08 Benda added another PP tally for Ak Bars. 30-year old German collected on a rebound off Dmitry Erofeev's point shot.
The visitors salvaged some respect on a late tally by Ruslan Nurtdinov, who scored from the side of the net on a pretty three way passing play involving Vadim Epanchintsev and Andrei Shefer.
-- Max Dostoevsky
Ak Bars Kazan - Severstal Cherepovets 4-1 (1:0, 1:0, 2:1)
1-0 AKB 4:22 Proshkin,4 (Korolyuk, Zinoviev) (pp)
Penalties: Balmin AKB (high-stick) 2:19. Kuznetsov SEV (interference) 2:38. Kuznetsov SEV (hooking, misconduct - 2+10) 5:42. Erofeev AKB (hooking) 14:00. Shefer SEV (interference) 19:36.
2-0 AKB 1:00 Kvartalnov,12 (Balmin, Benda) (pp)
Penalties: Turkovsky SEV (tripping) 1:38. Korolyuk AKB (interference) 3:13. Zinoviev AKB (slashing, roughing - 2+2) 9:02. Nikitenko SEV (roughing) 9:02. Proshkin AKB (high-stick double minor - 2+2) 9:55.
3-0 AKB 2:38 Fedorov,3 (Gogolev, Atyushov)
4-0 AKB 9:08 Benda,8 (Erofeev, Korolyuk) (pp)
4-1 AKB 14:02 Nurtdinov,8 (Epanchintsev, Shefer)
Penalties: Shargorodsky AKB (holding) 5:41. Dobryshkin SEV (interference, misconduct - 2+10) 8:11. Shargorodsky AKB (holding) 19:00.
Goaltenders: Tsarev - Brochu.
Power play: Ak Bars 3/6, Severstal 0/9.
November 30. Kazan. Sports Palace.
Ak Bars: Balmin - Zavialov, Zaripov - Chupin - Tsyplakov. Erofeev - Proshkin, Kvartalnov - Benda - Korolyuk. Shargorodsky - Atyushov, Gogolev - Zinoviev - Tertyshny. Platonov - Fedorov - Vishnyakov.
Severstal: Yudin - Gusev, Berdnikov - Kalyuzhny - Kuznetsov. Schadilov - Turkovsky, Trubachev - Nikitenko - Dobryshkin. Shefer - Krivchenkov, Nurtdinov - Epanchintsev - Sidyakin. Shinin - Sapozhnikov, Shinkar - Torgayev - Isakov.