Dynamo Moscow eventually cruised to a routine 4-1 win over Ugra – but only after falling behind early on.
Ugra surprised Dynamo by taking the lead in the tenth minute. Ivan Yatsenko’s rush ended up with the puck bobbling between two defensemen and Igor Bortnikov was alert to the chance to force the disc over the line.
That lead lasted into the second period before Maxim Karpov tied it up and Denis Kokarev put the home team up with a well-placed one-timer at the far post off an Alexei Tsvetkov pass. Dmitry Sinitsyn collected his first ever KHL point for his part in the move.
Once in front Dynamo would not be seriously troubled again. Two goals in the final session sealed the win, with the front line combining in the 48th minute for Maxim Pestushko’s power play goal. The fourth was initially awarded to Martins Karsums, but the announcer later amended that to give Tsvetkov the goal. His weaving behind the net caused confusion in front of the goal and as he fired the puck across the fac ...