2016 Gagarin Cup playoffs

The 2016 Gagarin Cup playoffs of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) began on February 21, 2016, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences, following the conclusion of the 2015–16 KHL regular season.[1]

2016 Gagarin Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesFebruary 21–April 19, 2016
Teams16
Final positions
ChampionsMetallurg Magnitogorsk
Runner-upCSKA Moscow
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Sergei Mozyakin (Metallurg)
(25 points)
2015
2017

Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, the standard 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Western Conference regular season winners and Continental Cup winners are CSKA Moscow with 127 points. Avangard Omsk are the Eastern Conference regular season winners with 106 points.

DrawEdit

The playoffs started on February 21, 2016, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences and ended with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final on April 19, 2016.[2]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1   Avangard 4     1   Avangard 3  
8   Neftekhimik 0     4   Salavat Yulaev 4  


2   Metallurg Mg 4 Eastern Conference
7   Avtomobilist 2  
    4   Salavat Yulaev 1  
  2   Metallurg Mg 4  
3   Sibir 4  
6   Admiral 1  
4   Salavat Yulaev 4   2   Metallurg Mg 4
5   Ak Bars 3     3   Sibir 1  


  2   Metallurg Mg 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  1   CSKA 3
1   CSKA 4     1   CSKA 4
8   Slovan 0     7   Torpedo 1  
2   Jokerit 2
7   Torpedo 4  
  1   CSKA 4
  6   SKA 0  
3   Lokomotiv 1  
6   SKA 4   Western Conference
4   HC Sochi 0   5   Dynamo Msk 2
5   Dynamo Msk 4     6   SKA 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Sibir vs Metallurg Game 4 controversyEdit

In the fourth game of Sibir — Metallurg series, on 37th minute a scored goal was confirmed after the episode when a player of Sibir, while leaving the ice during substitution, made physical contact with a player of Metallurg when the substituting player of Sibir was already on the ice (violation of clause (b) of rule 411 of the Hockey Game Rules for 2015/2016).[3][4]

In the overtime the game-winning goal scored by Metallurg was confirmed after the episode when Metallurg started their substitution in violation of clause (a) item 1 of rule 411 of the Hockey Game Rules for 2015/2016 (the player to be substituted is on the ice outside the substitution area), however the league's Officiating Department chose to explain the officials action by another clause of rule 411 (player involved in a substitution being hit by the puck), leaving the violation of clause (a) unexplained.[4][5]

In response to an appeal filed by Sibir demanding the cancellation of the game result, according to Sibir GM Kirill Fastovsky, the KHL noted "there was no refereeing error".[6]

According to the KHL, this demand of Sibir about the cancellation of the game result "could not be considered as an appeal" because "the appeal procedure was not strictly followed" by Sibir (mandatory note in the official game sheet by the club representative after the end of the game about their intention to appeal against the game result, followed by filing the appeal within 24 hours along with required supporting evidence). The message from the KHL also referenced Clause 77 of the KHL Sports Regulations and noted the impossibility to accept for consideration appeals based on complaints to refereeing.[7]

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

As of 19 Apr 2016

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 23 11 14 25 +14 2
Jan Kovář Metallurg Magnitogorsk 23 8 15 23 +13 10
Vadim Shipachyov SKA Saint Petersburg 15 7 9 16 –2 12
Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 19 5 11 16 +6 20
Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 20 4 12 16 +5 26
Alexander Semin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 23 7 8 15 +9 20
Danis Zaripov Metallurg Magnitogorsk 23 6 9 15 +12 14
Nikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 15 5 9 14 –2 0
Sami Lepistö Salavat Yulaev Ufa 19 6 7 13 +6 16
Nikita Zaitsev CSKA Moscow 20 4 9 13 +7 10

Source: KHL

Leading goaltendersEdit

As of 19 Apr 2016

Player Team GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 20 1270 15 5 28 3 .945 1.32
Mikko Koskinen SKA Saint Petersburg 15 980 8 7 24 5 .949 1.47
Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 19 1182 14 5 31 3 .948 1.57
Alexander Yeryomenko Dynamo Moscow 10 646 6 4 19 3 .940 1.76
Alexander Salák Sibir Novosibirsk 9 523 5 4 16 2 .942 1.83

Source: KHL

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "League confirms format for Stage Two" (PDF). October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "League confirms format for Stage Two" (PDF). October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Metallurg Mg-Sibir Game 4, Video
  4. ^ a b Hockey Game Rules for 2015/2016 (in Russian)
  5. ^ Mozyakin scores GWG as Sibir rebelling against Ref's decision; video
  6. ^ HC Sibir: KHL rejected the appeal against the result of the game with Metallurg (in Russian)
  7. ^ KHL commented on the reasons for rejection of Sibir appeal against the result of the game with Metallurg (in Russian)