Dynamo Moscow held on for a morale-boosting 3-2 victory at home to Ak Bars, and offered some signs that Harijs Vitolins and his team are putting the disappointments of their first two games behind them.
The Blue-and-Whites led three times on the night, but still had to endure a nervous finale as Ak Bars piled on the pressure in the third period.
The opener came in the 11th minute as Dmitry Vishnevsky ripped home a one-timer off Filip Novak’s pass to the point, but penalty trouble helped Ak Bars tie it up before the first intermission. Dynamo survived a 5v3 PK, but couldn’t kill the remaining penalty. Oskar Moller’s shot from the blue line was screened by Alexander Svitov and Alexander Lazushin could not react fast enough.
The home team went back ahead at the start of the second when Konstantin Gorovikov found the top corner after just 17 seconds but Fyodor Malykhin tied it up after winning a determined battle on the slot and forcing the puck home.
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