Barys snapped a three-game losing streak to overcome Salavat Yulaev in a clash between two of the East’s least predictable teams.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it was an even game that ebbed and flowed: Barys gave up a 2-0 lead in the closing minutes before Nik Antropov secured the win with 100 seconds left to play. If there was an element of fortune about the bounce of the puck as he burst over the blue line there was nothing doubtful about his backhand finish on Vladimir Sokhatsky to win the game.
But even if Barys has produced some inconsistent form this season, forward Roman Starchenko has been on a good run lately, scoring in five games in a row before firing a blank against Avangard on Saturday. Starchenko was back on the goal trail here, opening the scoring in the 34th minute after Antti Pihlstrom’s careless pass presented him with the puck and a chance to rush the net.
Kevin Dallman doubled the lead on the power play with a meaty shot from the blue line but Salavat Yulaev came back strong ...