The regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League promises to be hot. The recognized favorites at the beginning of the tournament sometimes do not stand up to the competition. A striking example of this is the Kazan “Ak Bars”.
On the eve of “White Leopards” again upset their fans, losing away to Minsk “Dynamo” – 2: 5. In the first period, the home team’s striker Stremwall scored a goal on his account and converted the majority. In the eighth minute of the second period, Alexander Burmistrov equalized the score.
Soon Dmitry Kagarlitsky took the Kazan club forward. But early Kazan rejoiced. At the beginning of the third dvadtsatiminutki striker Vladimir Alistrov of Minsk restored the balance in the account, and then Malta Stremwall, Vladimir Alistrov and Taylor Beck consolidated the advantage of Dynamo.
Ak Bars head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov was quite emotional at the post-match press conference:
– Everything is clear here – the initiative was seized by the Minskers. They created many chances, and they scored as many as there were. We were leading up to the first mistake, it was possible to finish the game, but it didn’t work out. We will continue to prepare.
Ak Bars has two wins in six games. How are you going to rectify the situation?
Dmitry Kvartalnov: We all need to think. Coaches, players, everyone, everyone. Add in all lines. You need to understand the complexity of the situation.
What is the reason for such a large number of errors in protection?
Dmitry Kvartalnov: In general, the game consists of errors. I cannot say that there were a lot of them. At the end of the defense, a little “ate”, and mistakes were made. We need to work, fix this matter.
Meanwhile, the commission to determine the best hockey players of the KHL championship has determined the winners of the second week of the tournament in four nominations.
The best goalkeeper for the third time in his career was named Ivan Fedotov from CSKA, who won three victories in three matches with the team. 96 shots were made at Fedotov’s goal, of which he reflected 96.88%.
Among the defenders there was no equal to the player of the capital “Dynamo” Vyacheslav Voinov. In two victorious matches of his team, Voinov scored five (0 + 5) points, did not complete any of the matches with a negative indicator of utility, with an overall value of “+5”.
Kalle Kossila from Jokerit was named the best striker of the week for the first time in his career.
Kossila scored six (3 + 3) points, did not complete any of the matches with negative utility, with an overall value of “+4”.
Finally, among the newcomers, SKA player Matvey Michkov accepts congratulations. Matvey scored three points (2 + 1) in three matches of the week.