CSKA Moscow coach, Sergei Fedorov, gets creative with his OT strategy

Fortune favors the bold?

Well, this certainly happened towards the end of the game against CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League, where head coach Sergei Fedorov twice pulled his goalkeeper overtime in December.

Both times, CSKA Moscow scored in stoppage time with the keeper pulling and a 4v3 advantage, at Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on 2 December and Dynamo Moscow on 6 December.

On Tuesday of The Faceoff Show, Frank Seravalli and Steve Greeley discussed Fedorov’s strategy.

Greeley: “I think that’s wonderful. Amazing innovation. I love seeing these great ideas. Frank, who has a deeper knowledge than I do, reminded me why this doesn’t happen in the National Hockey League.”

Seravalli: “Exactly that doesn’t happen in the National Hockey League. If you look at 84.2, if you want to pull your goalkeeper overtime during the regular season, you can do it. However, if you lose to your keeper because you drag him, you will lose the points you earned under the rules. “

No version of NHL Rule 84.2 exists in KHL, which significantly reduces the risk factor.

With that said, it doesn’t appear that other KHL coaches have leveraged this strategy to the effect Fedorov has. So offer credit when it’s due.

CSKA Moscow is currently in 2nd place out of 7 KHL teams of Tarasov Division with a record of 15-10-3-11… in other words, 25 wins and 14 losses. CSKA Moscow coach, Sergei Fedorov, gets creative with his OT strategy

Britta Zeltmann

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