The first goal by Datsyuk, the transition Kravtsov and resignation Skudra. The results of the week in the KHL
Event of the week: the resignation of Peteris Skudra
Latvian specialist headed «Tractor» in April of this year. In the offseason, also changed the leadership of the club and a significant part of the composition. Patience with coach was explained by the fact that in Chelyabinsk created a new team. But of the last 18 meetings «Tractor» won a total of five and settled at the bottom of the table Eastern conference. The last straw was the home defeat from «the Motorist» 3:5. After this he was dismissed.
His resignation was the fourth of the season. Earlier posts head coaches lost Joseph Andac («metallurg»), Craig MacTavish (Lokomotiv Moscow) and Sergei Zubov («Sochi»).
New coach of the «Tractor» was Vladimir yurzinov Jr., known for his work with many Finnish and Russian clubs, including Lokomotiv Moscow, «Chemist», «Siberia» and «Salavat Yulaev». His contract runs until the end of this season.
The purpose of the week: Alexander Andrievsky, head coach of the «Sochi»
After the dismissal of Sergei Zubov’s guide «Sochi» was appointed as acting head coach his assistant Leonid Beresneva. Under his leadership, the team’s results had not improved, five defeats in six matches.
In the beginning of last week the club announced the appointment of a full-fledged head coach, who became Alexander Andrievsky, who previously worked in the Minsk «Dynamo», the «Admiral» and «Siberia».
Team of the week: «Neftekhimik» and «Sochi»
With Andrievsky Sochi won all three matches, beating the house «Salavat Yulaev» (3:1), Riga «Dinamo» (3:2) and «Kunlun» (2:0), bringing a series of victories to four. The team approached the area of the playoffs in a one point distance.
Neftekhimik has not lost for more than three weeks from 10 October. Although it conceded in 13 matches out of 18. The team Vyacheslav Butsaev even the winner of the giants — double-SKA, CSKA and «AK Bars». The overall winning streak of Nizhnekamsk is nine games.
Goal of the week: Pavel Datsyuk
One of the richest clubs in the KHL Avtomobilist had a series of seven consecutive defeats, and one seems to be the leading players in Pavel Datsyuk could not open the scoring after returning to the home team in ten matches on the account of 41-year-old striker had only one assist.
Datsyuk scored in the away game with the «Barys» in which «the Motorist» has interrupted a series of failures, winning 4:3 in overtime. In the following match with «the Tractor» in Chelyabinsk Datsyuk also scored abandoned the puck. And his team won — 5:3.
Datsyuk has become one of the oldest Goalscorers in the NHL. «The tractor» he scored at the age of 41 years and 105 days. Ahead of Olympic champion and world champion only Vyacheslav Kozlov (42 years and 254 days), Sergei Fedorov (42 years and 100 days), Oleg Petrov (41 years and 265 days) and Sandis Ozolins (41 years and 207 days).
Transition weeks: Vitaly Kravtsov returned in «Tractor»
In the offseason, the 19-year-old Vitaly Kravtsov has signed a three-year contract with «new York Rangers» with an annual salary of $925 thousand. But in the main part failed and was sent to the farm club, playing for the «Hartford» five matches in which he noted one successful transmission.
He is considered the best option return to the «Tractor», having signed a contract until the end of the season. For the Chelyabinsk team he managed to hold two matches in which he scored one goal.
Hero of the week: Denis Vikharev
In four away matches with «the Petrochemist» and «AK Bars», «Spartak» and «Locomotive» the forward of «Admiral» Denis Vikharev scored five goals and made one assist. Just on account of his 11 goals — the third highest in the entire League. Previously record-high floor for the whole season were 10 goals, abandoned last season. KHL recognized as the best offensive player of the week.
Figure of the week: 300
29 Oct «Dynamo» has beaten on the platform of the «avant-garde» (1:0). The victory was head coach of the capital team of Vladimir Krikunova the 300th gained with KHL clubs. Previously such a result was achieved only Dmitry Kvartalnov (402), Oleg Znarok (373) and Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (360).
138 victories screamers won together with «Neftekhimik», 48 — Dynamo, 47 — with the «Motorist», 36 — «AK Bars» and 31 — «Barys».