Jokerit sent out another reminder of its determination to challenge for top honors this season, earning an impressive 3-1 home win over SKA to prevent the Petersburg team from returning to top spot.
Steve Moses, Jokerit’s leading scorer this season, led the way with two goals. His first came at the end of an entertaining first period and wrapped up a fine move involving Jere Karalahti and Linus Omark, the Finns’ leading source of assists.
The second went to Petteri Wirtanen, making his Jokerit debut. He capitalized on a mistake by Ilya Kovalchuk in center ice and raced through to score on Alexander Salakmidway through the second period.
Moses struck again late in the middle session with Karalahti’s defense-splitting pass giving the American forward a straightforward finish.
Kovalchuk was in the thick of things for much of the third period: first he took a stick to the face from Niko Kapanen, who was ejected from the game – much to the disgust of a sell-out Hartwall Arena crowd wh ...