MOSCOW, Oct. 1 Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Ilya Konovalov, St. Petersburg defender SKA Aleksandr Nikishin and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg forward Sergei Shirokov were named the best players in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in September, according to the organization's website. Konovalov helped Dynamo win six victories in nine matches. On average, he saved 94.5% of shots per game with a safety factor of 1.44. In two matches, the goalkeeper issued a shutout. Konovalov was recognized as the best goalkeeper of the month for the second time in his career. In September, Nikishin took part in 12 matches in which he scored nine points (2 goals + 7 assists) with a utility indicator of +6. Shirokov has 17 points (9 + 8) in 12 matches. He became the best sniper of September. In a meeting with Spartak Moscow, Shirokov scored a hat-trick, becoming the first player to score three goals in one match for four different KHL teams. Shirokov was recognized as the best forward for the second time in his career. Vasily Atanasov, forward of the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, became the best newcomer in September. He scored 6 points (4+2) in 12 games.
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