Morozov Sets Russian Points Record
Alexei Morozov bouncing one off the back of the twine against
Krylia Sovetov (Photo: hotshot.ru)
With his 80th point this year, on an assist against Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the next-to-the-last game of the season, Alexei Morozov broke the single-season scoring record for the Russian Super League, previously held by Sergei Makarov ('80-'81, Central Army).
Morozov finished this season with 83 points (34 goals, 49 assists) in 53 games for Ak Bars Kazan, and was +31. The high mark in the top Russian league for goals in one season is 53, set in '62-'63 by Venyamin Aleksandrov.
The Russian Super League playoffs start tomorrow (Sunday, March 11th). Ak Bars, champions last season over Avangard, enters the playoffs as the top seed, after a 119-point regular season which included a huge 214-111 goal differential.
RSL '06-'07 standings (click to enlarge)
Avangard Omsk placed second in this year's standings, with Salavat Yulayev finshing third and Metallurg Magnitogorsk finishing in fourth.