Avangard Wins Third Straight
Wednesday December 10th 2008, 11:29 pm

If there were any doubts that Avangard Omsk has rebounded from their November slump, the team went a long way toward erasing them on Wednesday with a dominant performance over the KHL’s best defensive team, beating SKA St. Petersburg 5-1 in Omsk.  Jaromir Jagr scored two goals — including the game winner — and added an assist.  In his post-game press conference Omsk head coach Wayne Fleming called the effort their “most complete” game of the season.

There’s been much speculation in the press about what is ultimately responsible for the Hawks recent reversal in fortunes.  Some attribute it to a team meeting presided over by Omsk regional governor Leonid Polezhaev — a major sponsor of the team — late last week.  Others credit the turnaround to the return from injury of goaltender Alexander Fomichev, who’s given up just 4 goals in the 3-game winning streak.  But Soviet Sport has finally revealed the true reason behind Avangard’s success: Prior to Saturday’s game against Severstal, Jagr finally shaved off the “little beard” he once claimed brought him good luck.  He scored his first goal in a month in that game, and has scored in each game since…

The Hawks now get a two week vacation while European clubs break for the First Channel Cup, the second round of the 2008-2009 Euro Hockey Tour, which will be held in Moscow on December 18-21.

Scoring:
01:59 Dmitri Ryabikin (A. Bondarev, J. Klepis) (PP) (watch)
07:30 David Nemirovski (M. Sushinsky) (watch)
34:07 Jaromir Jagr (watch)
36:36 Pavel Rosa (I. Bolkov, D. Pestunov) (watch)
49:23 Anton Malishev (J. Jagr, J. Klepis) (watch)
54:34 Jaromir Jagr (D. Ryabikin, J. Klepis) (watch)

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