It’s a new season, but it’s the same old story for Metallurg Magnitogorsk goal machine Sergei Mozyakin. Last season’s top KHL scorer led the way once again, scoring a hat-trick to lead his team to a crushing 6-1 Opening Cup victory over Dynamo Moscow.
The defending champion put on an impressive display against last season’s regular season pacesetters, recovering from the shock of conceding an early goal to exert full control over the game.
And once again it was the all-conquering Mozyakin-Kovar-Zaripov line that did the damage, sharing 10 points to take the game out of reach of the Muscovites.
It didn’t take long for the action to hot up. Dynamo made a bright start, forced a penalty and opened the scoring inside the first three minutes. Filip Novak had the honor of the season’s first goal; the Czech defenseman got to the slot to deflect Alexei Tereshchenko’s pass beyond Vasily Koshechin.
But Dynamo’s delight lasted just 21 seconds before that man Mozyakin reminded everyone what he’s a ...