Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod took a big step towards clinching the Tarasov Division and claiming a seeded spot in the Western Conference with a home win over rivals Dinamo Minsk. Victory for the Belarusians would have given them pole position in that section, but instead it was Torpedo which extended its lead to five points with a 3-2 success. Dinamo struck first through Daniel Corso on 8:59, but that was as good as it got for Marek Sikora’s team, which has now lost six of its last eight games. Robert Nilsson equalized on 18:07 and Martin Thornberg got the go-ahead goal on 26:08 before Ruslan Zainullin added to his earlier assist with the decisive third.
Intrigue in the East
Metallurg Novokuznetsk went to Amur Khabarovsk for a double-header knowing that only two wins in the Far East would maintain any realistic hope of a play-off spot. And the first half of the mission was accomplished on Monday with a fightback 2-1 victory. Dmitry Kagarlitsky got the winner on 58:44 after Alexander Golovin’s equalizer at the end of the second period. The sides meet again early on Tuesday in the last KHL game before the international break: for Amur a win would go a long way to ease fears that the team’s bright season might fade before the final stage.
Dynamo Moscow has struggled with injuries in recent weeks, but the Blue-and-Whites show signs of returning to full fitness and top form. A comfortable win at home to Sibir Novosibirsk made it five on the trot, with Denis Kokarev scoring twice in the 5-3 win.