Well those Metallurg people the rangers are playing in a few weeks got beat down 6-0. Jagr is continuing his (not so) blistering pace of last year with his first goal in 4 games. And I didn't really notice Cherepanov at all, not even sure he played, but I didn't watch the whole game.
It appears they credited Cherepanov with an assist in the game... according his individual stats on the Omsk web site, anyway. It must have been on Bondarev's goal, since it's shown as a point scored in the 2nd period, and he was on the ice at the time.
The KHL web site hasn't updated their stats yet, so I guess we'll have to wait for "official" confirmation.
The highlight clip for that goal doesn't show the play develop, just Bondarav skating in and scoring, and Cherepanov crashing the front of the net looking for a pass or rebound: http://video.hawk.ru/080910_ao_mmg_5_0.wmv
I think 2nd assists are becomming more common. All countrys in Europe have always been given them out -- but for a long time it was allot less common then in the NHL.
I actually don't know if there have been any changes lately -- but the diffrence between NHL and IIHF rules have been:
-The IIHF only gives one assist after a rebound.
Example: Gomez feeds Girardi who shots, the goalie saves the shot but Callahan bangs home the rebound. In the NHL Gomez gets a assist, in Europe he won't.
-The IIHF only gives one assist if there is a give and go.
Example: Rozsival sends off Straka and Jagr on a 2 on 1, Straka first passes Jagr who then gives it back to Straka who scores. Rozsival won't get a assist in Europe but he would in the NHL.
-Any deliberate contact by a opposition cancels all assists.
Example: Straka passes to Nyls who trys to feed Jagr infront of the net, but a D gets his stick on the puck. However the puck bounces for the D and Jagr can strip him off the puck like 0.5 seconds after it was intercepted and can score. In the NHL there is 2 assists and in Europe its zero assists.
-And finally, in Europe assists upuntill very recently atleast, was given by the reffs and the reffs only. Today in Europe, just like NHL, assists have been corrected after the game. Like someone watches the highlights and corrects and hands out missed assists. Before the reffs in Europe missed a ton of assists, natrually. They can't remember like who made the pass that lead up to a pass that was converted all the time. That have defenitly boosted the stats.
I don't know if any changes have been made -- but like we saw on Chere's assist it was pretty loose. Though at the same time the NHL seems to give out more and more assits. I remember one Pitt goal where Sid got a 2nd assist. Sid basically made a feed in neutral ice to like Dupuis, and Dup dumped it in, the other teams D collected it and moved it D to D before trying a pass up central ice that was intercepted by Hossa who scored.
I guess people are having this discussion because they want to be able to compare stats -- or judge stats from European leagues. My guess is that the assist count in Europe still defenitly is behind the NHL -- but if a player have 25 assist in 50 games in Europe its hard to say if he would have had 35 or 30 or 27 if NHL standards where used. He defenitly wouldn't have like 40 though. Its not that much.