Dynamo Moscow romped to a crushing victory over bitter rivals Spartak - thrashing the Red-and-Whites 7-1 on their own ice. There was little hint of what might be coming in a fast-paced and evenly fought first period which ended with the scores tied at 1-1. But a stunning second stanza saw Dynamo fire home five goals without reply, and left Spartak cast adrift.

The game started fairly evenly: Ilya Gorokhov put Dynamo ahead on 8:43, but within five minutes Stefan Ruzicka leveled for the hosts. That, however, was more or less the end of the contest. Just 75 seconds into the second period Sergei Soin put Dynamo ahead, helped by a deflection, and then the floodgates opened. Alexander Boikov shot home from the blue line on 24:52, prompting Spartak to replace goaltender Ivan Kasutin with Alexei Yakhin.

That was little help, however: three further goals in the last five minutes of the second period put Dynamo in complete control, with Konstantin Gorovikov, Denis Kokarev and Soin once again getting on the scoresheet. Denis Tolpeko’s powerplay goal on 44:56 completed the rout, with Spartak perhaps relieved to play out the final minutes without suffering further punishment.

The victory moves Dynamo to 29 points and gives the team a share of the championship lead alongside SKA and Amur. It also gives Oleg Znarok’s team a big boost ahead of Friday’s upcoming Moscow derby against CSKA. Spartak, meanwhile, missed a chance to close in on the Western Conference leaders.

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