By hitting the target at 57:42, forward Kirill Marchenko scored SKA's latest winning goal in the KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs. The previous record had been set on 8 March 2019, when fellow forward Sergei Plotnikov tallied the winner against Spartak in Moscow at 57:35.
Furthermore, this was Kirill's maiden winning marker in the KHL playoffs. In the past, he had tallied four winners for SKA in the regular season.
It's worth pointing out that both of Kirill's goals so far in the 2020/2021 Gagarin Cup playoffs have been scored in the closing stages of matches in Saint Petersburg. In the fifth game against Dinamo Minsk, he had equalised for SKA with a mere 122 seconds remaining on the clock in the third period.
Overall, Kirill has now scored 27 goals for our senior team, a new record for SKA players no older than 21 years of age. He has beaten Vladimir Tarasenko's previous best of 26 goals.
Defenseman Igor Ozhiganov made his 100th competitive appearance for SKA. In those matches, he has earned 48 (10+38) points.
Goalkeeper Magnus Hellberg registered his 16th KHL shutout for SKA. The Swede is now third in the list of the amount of shutouts for SKA in the KHL, only trailing Mikko Koskinen (25) and Igor Shestyorkin (26) in the ranking. Moreover, this was Magnus' maiden clean sheet on home ice in the playoffs. He had previously gained shutouts against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Vityaz Podolsk on the road in the post-season.
Magnus is also the first SKA goalkeeper in the KHL to earn shutouts against Dynamo Moscow both in the regular season and the playoffs.
SKA have now recorded a grand total of 30 shutouts in playoff matches of the domestic championship. Four were registered in the Super League, before the subsequent 26 were all picked up in the KHL. SKA have indeed claimed more Gagarin Cup playoff shutouts than any other KHL club, with Ak Bars in second spot with 25 clean sheets.
Forward Evgeny Ketov has now racked up 93 penalty minutes in the Gagarin Cup playoffs, more than any other SKA player. He has moved above Ilya Kovalchuk, who received 92 penalty minutes in the playoffs for SKA.