Mikhailovsky outperforms Volkov in Lada's win
Game Recap: Lada vs Dynamo
FEB.19 (TOGLIATTI, RHI) -- Lada's netminder Maxim Mikhailovsky registered his seventh shut-out of the season registering 40 saves on Tuesday, as his team beat Dinamo 2-0 on the ice of Volgar Sports Palace.
Mikhailovsky tops RSL's goalies in several statistical categories, including outstanding 1.11 goals against average and .953 save percentage. However last night he was up against one of the hottest 'keepers in Superleague - Alexei Volkov, who registered shut-outs in two consecutive starts prior to the contest.
Both netminders had their hands full, as teams combined for 74 shots total in three periods of hockey. While Mikhailovsky, was up to the task and basically kept his relatively young teammates from failing apart under Dynamo's pressure, Volkov's performance was quite erratic. He gave up too many unnecessary rebounds that resolved into dangerous scoring opportunities for the home side and let in two weak goals.
Washington Capitals' first-rounder Alexander Semin had a privilege of scoring game's winning tally. At 9:19 of the opening period Semin beat Volkov with a slippery wrist shot to the top of the net.
Lada's second goal came halfway through the game when it seemed Pyotr Vorobiev's squad is about to crack under continues pressure from the visitors, who bombarded Mikhailovsky with 17 shots in the second period. Dmitry Kazionov clearly won an offensive zone face-off chipping the puck to Slovak blueliner Ladislav Cierny, who scored with a point shot.
Kazionov, a Tampa Bay prospect, appeared in just four games for Lada this season, seeing the rest of the action in the farm team. Last night he skated on Lada's top line between Alex Buturlin and Alex Boikov, as he replaced Detroit Red Wings' outstanding draftee Igor Grigorenko, who was sidelined with a bruised foot. Dmitry fared relatively well, making his case to Vorobiev, who should consider keeping him with the main team for the upcoming games. Kazionov won several important draws and had a couple of great scoring opportunities, but failed to beat Volkov first from in close, than on a rap around attempt.
Lada also played without Vladimir Malenkikh, who was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and even had a short spell with the farm team.
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