KHL Recap: When scoring 4 goals in one game isn't enough

Denis Platonov is a nine year veteran of the KHL/RSL who averages about 15 goals and 27 points a year.  He was drafted by the Nashville Predators back in 2001, and played 3 games in the AHL in 2003-04 before heading back to more lucrative money in Russia as a role player.  His resumé isn't all that shining, but this first week of the 2010-11 KHL season, he's off to a tremendous start for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.  And on the road against perennial powerhouses Salavat Yulaev Ufa, he had a career night, beating Alexander Yeremenko four times for the only hat trick through the first 27 games of the KHL season.  Unfortunately for him, it wasn't enough.

Ufa, a team that is loaded with several former NHLers (Alexander Radulov, Robert Nilsson, Jakub Klepis, Oleg Tverdovsky, Alexander Svitov, Petr Schastlivy, Dmitri Kalinin, Kirill Koltsov, Konstantin Koltsov, Oleg Saprykin, Viktor Kozlov, and Patrick Thoreson), answered Platonov's one man challenge in a game in which both goaltenders weren't too happy by the end of the game.  Ufa won 6-5 in overtime on Klepis' winner, and Radulov's tying goal late.  Here are the highlights of the wildest KHL game this year to date:

Magnitogorsk isn't too bad of a team themselves, with Fedor and Sergei Fedorov, Janne Niskala, Oleg Kvasha, Petri Kontiola, Alexei Kaygorodov and Stanislav Chistov, but it was all Platonov for them on Monday.

There's a lot of action to recap so far in this young season, so we'll try and be quick, especially with the start of the Elitserien, SM-Liiga and Czech Tipsport Extraliga from Wednesday to Friday.  Here are the scores in the KHL action to date:

 

Date
Home Team
Score
Visitors
Attendance
Sept. 8/10
Ak Bars Kazan
1 : 3
UHC Dynamo Moscow
8050
Sept. 9/10
Amur Khabarovsk
2 : 5
Sibir Novosibirsk 7100
Sept. 9/10
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 : 0
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 5115
Sept. 9/10
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 7 : 2
Traktor Chelyabinsk 8250
Sept. 9/10
SKA St. Petersburg
4 : 5 (OT)
Dinamo Riga
11920
Sept. 9/10
CSKA Moscow
1 : 5
Spartak Moscow
4231
Sept. 9/10
Dinamo Minsk
1 : 3
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 10833
Sept. 10/10
Amur Khabarovsk 2 : 3
Sibir Novosibirsk 7100
Sept. 10/10
Ak Bars Kazan
5 : 3
Vityaz Chekhov 3634
Sept. 10/10
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4 : 3
UHC Dynamo Moscow
5500
Sept. 11/10
Avangard Omsk
4 : 3
Spartak Moscow
10318
Sept. 11/10
Barys Astana
2 : 5
Severstal Cherepovets 4500
Sept. 11/10
Metallurg Novokuznetsk 0 : 3
Dinamo Riga
4800
Sept. 11/10
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3 : 4 (OT)
Traktor Chelyabinsk 4836
Sept. 11/10
HC Yurga
2 : 6
SKA St. Petersburg
5050
Sept. 11/10
Atlant Moscow Oblast 0 : 1 (SO)
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 6000
Sept. 11/10
Dinamo Minsk
3 : 0
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
10200
Sept. 12/10
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 5 : 4 (OT)
UHC Dynamo Moscow
5000
Sept. 12/10
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2 : 1 (OT)
Vityaz Chekhov
5500
Sept. 13/10
Amur Khabarovsk 4 : 3 (OT)
CSKA Moscow
7100
Sept. 13/10
Avangard Omsk
5 : 1
Severstal Cherepovets
7148
Sept. 13/10
Metallurg Novokuznetsk 2 : 5
Dinamo Minsk
2900
Sept. 13/10
Sibir Novosibirsk 3 : 2
Dinamo Riga
7100
Sept. 13/10
Barys Astana
4 : 3
SKA St. Petersburg
4100
Sept. 13/10
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 6 : 5 (OT)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 8250
Sept. 13/10
HC Yurga
4 : 1
Spartak Moscow
1310
Sept. 13/10
Atlant Moscow Oblast 0 : 2
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5600

 

Hat Tricks:  Denis Platonov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (4 goals vs. Ufa)

OT Winners:  Alexanders Nizivijs, Dinamo Riga; Viktor Alexandrov, Traktor Chelyabinsk; Andrei Shepelenko, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg; Sergei Bernatsky, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk; Andrei Plekhanov, Amur Khabarovsk; Jakub Klepis, Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Leading Scorer:  Denis Platonov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (6 goals, 0 assists in 3 games)

Shutouts: Georgy Gelashvilli, Mettalurg Magnitogorsk (27 saves); Chris Holt, Dinamo Riga (18 saves); Konstantin Barulin, Atlant Moscow Oblast (30 saves); Bernd Bruckler, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (27 saves); Andrei Mezin, Dinamo Minsk (28 saves); Dimitrij Kotschnew, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (25 saves).

First Goals:  Igor Skorokhodov, HC Yurga; Sergei Lesnukhin, Vityaz Chekhov; Egor Dugin, Traktor Chelyabinsk; Stepan Sannikov, Sibir Novosbirsk.

All game data from the KHL's website.  Video courtesy of the videoKHL channel on YouTube.

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