Grigorenko leads Lada to third straight win
Game Recap: Ak Bars - Lada
DEC.8 - About a week ago Lada's top forward and Detroit Red Wings' prospect Igor Grigorenko expressed concern over his line's production.
"As a unit we've been scoreless for six games now," - said Grigorenko after his team tied CSKA on Nov.30. "This is very disturbing and we got to get out of this slump as soon as possible."
In two games since than Lada's top unit (that also includes Habs' prospect Alex Buturlin and vet Alex Boikov) accounted for three goals and five points, with Grigorenko leading the charge with a goal and two helpers.
Tonight in Kazan Sparky Igor played probably his best game of the season scoring twice and assisting on Boikov's short-handed tally, as Pyotr Vorobiev's squad registered its third straight win.
The home side dominated throughout the game and failed to capitalize on several great scoring chances in the opening period. Lada's netminder Maxim Mikhailovsky kept his team in the game, as he stopped dangerous attempts by Dmitry Kvartalnov, Alex Korolyuk and Denis Platonov. However Mikhailovsky was helpless 2:27 into the second period when Ak Bars scored its loan goal of the night. Printsized Dmitry Gogolev won a battle against stocky Andrei Esipov along the boards, skated behind the net and a la Gretzky set up Alexei Tertyshny for a one-timer from the side of the net.
The visitors got at even terms pretty fast. Two minutes after Tertyshny's goal Ak Bars goalie Dmitry Yachanov let in a softy. Alexander Boikov skated into Kazan's zone and dropped the puck back to Grigorenko who threw a wrist shot on the net. Yachanov lost the sight of the puck for fraction of a second, but it was enough for the disk to slide past the goal line.
Lada went ahead on Grigorenko's second tally late in the period. While Ak Bars was two men down, Alexander Seluyanov slid a cross rink pass to Grigorenko who one timed it past Yachanov from the right point.
Yuri Moiseev's side dominated in the final period, but it was once again the visitors who got on board.
"Sometimes the game goes this way. One team creates flurry of chances but can't buy a goal, while the other cashes on every single opportunity it gets," - said Pyotr Vorobiev.
While Ak Bars was on the power play Korolyuk gave away the puck in Lada's zone near the boards and Grigorenko was quick to sent Boikov on the rush. Veteran forward slapped the puck past Yachanov from the top of the right circle for his sixth goal of the season.
"We played against well organized defensively opponent. I think we did everything right tonight, except for putting the puck in the net," - said disappointed Kazan's head coach.
Ranked 4th and 5th in the standings respectively, Ak Bars and Lada have each one more game left to play before RSL goes to a month long break due to Baltica Cup and the World Junior Championships.
Ak Bars Kazan - Lada Togliatti 1-3 (0:0, 1:2, 0:1)
1-0 AKB 2:27 Tertyshny,6 (Gogolev)
1-1 LAD 4:23 Grigorenko,10 (Boikov, Buturlin)
1-2 LAD 17:08 Grigorenko,11 (Seluyanov, Cierny) (pp)
1-3 LAD 3:20 Boikov,6 (Grigorenko) (sh)
Goaltenders: Yachanov (L,2-3-1) (58:15) - Mikhailovsky (W,13-5-4).
December 8. Kazan. Sports Palace.
AK BARS: Balmin - Zavialov, Erofeev - Proshkin, Shargorodsky(2) - Atyushov. Zaripov(2) - Chupin(2) - Tsyplakov, Kvartalnov - Benda - Korolyuk(2), Tertyshny - Zinoviev - Gogolev, Platonov(2) - Fedorov - Vishnyakov. LADA: Cierny - Seluyanov, Balandin - Oktyabrev, Semenov(4) - Gorokhov, Kondratiev(4) - F.Metlyuk. Buturlin - Grigorenko - Boikov, Pavlov - Gardiner(2) - Tsarev(2), Semin(2) - Nesterov - Belkin, Frolkin(2) - M.Sevostianov - Gorev.