Whew, Artur Tyanulin had a heck of a night for the Komets in their 3-2 overtime victory over Greenville.
He had the game-tying goal at 2. He had the third-period penalty that could have cost them the game. He had the overtime winner (in the video above). And it was unarguably the most physical game he’s played in the professional ranks.
About that boarding penalty, he said: “I didn’t want to do that but it happens in a game like that. I was (emotionally) high and fired up, but I didn’t want to do that and I felt bad.”
He was certainly thankful to his teammates for killing the penalty.
As for the patience of Shawn Szydlowski to circle in the defensive zone long enough for the Komets to get a line change, then flick a pass to Tyanulin, who went on to fake his way past Greenville’s Joe Basaraba, evade Evan Jasper and skirt past Matt Prapavessis, then sent a backhand shot into the top of the net, Tyanulin said this: “We understand each other. Szyd, I’ve learned from him by watching him in practice and working with him. I’ve tried to base a lot of things off of him.”
It may have not looked pretty at times, but coach Gary Graham was much happier with this game than the 4-1 victory over Greenville on Friday.
“I loved the way the guys responded. We really took care of the puck and they really bought into playing a forecheck, get-to-the-body type of hockey and making them have to defend,” Graham said. “Greenville defended with purpose. (Goalie Ty Rimmer) played very well. I would have liked to have seen us converge on some rebounds better.”