For the second game running, Dynamo Moscow recovered a 0-2 deficit to claim a shoot-out victory – with Salavat Yulaev being Saturday’s victim. Marek Kvapil scored the decisive shot, while Alexander Yeryomenko made three saves, including the crucial final stop from Denis Khlystov.
As at Ak Bars during the week, Dynamo trailed 0-2 midway through the first period. This time it was a double penalty call that was the Blue-and-Whites’ undoing when Ilya Gorokhov was expelled from the game for kneeing with Dynamo already facing a delayed penalty call on Denis Kokarev’s trip. Salavat Yulaev took full advantage, opening the scoring through Igor Mirnov during the 5v3 powerplay, and doubling the lead 33 seconds later thanks to Khlystov as Gorokhov’s major continued. It was another powerplay which enabled Dynamo to cut the deficit, with Filip Novak producing a composed finish after finding space in front of goal.
In the second session Dynamo leveled through Denis Kokarev on 25:03 – with the goal confirmed by the video officials – and proceeded to up the pressure on Iiro Tarkki in the Salavat Yulaev goal. But even though Kvapil fired the home side in front with a powerplay goal on 44:10, Miroslav Blatak struck on 56:34 to force overtime.
Kostitsyn keeps scoring
Andrei Kostitsyn continued his goal-scoring form for Traktor Chelyabinsk to help his team to a 5-2 win over Lev Prague. He got the second equalizer during a hard-fought first period, but it was Vladimir Antipov’s short-handed goal in the dying moments of the second period which proved decisive – and underlined Traktor’s potency even when a man down.
Stana stays strong
Rastislav Stana is not giving up his spot between the pipes at CSKA without a struggle – and on Saturday he posted his second successive shut-out since the arrival of Ilya Bryzgalov at the Moscow club. This time it was Avtomobilist who failed to breach the Slovak’s defenses, forcing 22 saves from the goalie. At the other end Pavel Datsyuk picked up two assists as CSKA won 3-0.
Yakubov the hero
Mikhail Yakubov got the winning goal for Metallurg Magnitogorsk – but only after Slovan Bratislava had given the team a fright by fighting back from 0-2 to level the game. Enver Lisin and Sergei Mozyakin seemed to have Magnitka in complete command of the encounter, but the Slovak side struck twice in 62 seconds in the third period to tie it up thanks to Libor Hudacek and Andrej Stasny, before Yakubov’s winner.
Around the league
Metallurg Novokuznetsk enjoyed a fine 5-1 win on the road at Barys Astana. The home side took a 15th-minute lead through Nigel Dawes, but it all went wrong after that, thanks in no small part to two goals from Alexander Bumagin.
In-form Jori Lehtera got the decisive goal for Sibir to settle its shoot-out at struggling Yugra Khanty Mansiysk. He was the only player to successfully convert in 10 attempts following a 2-2 tie in regulation time.
Avangard Omsk made it two wins in two with a comfortable 4-1 success over Amur Khabarovsk, young Semyon Zherebtsov getting the game-winner on 24:52 with his first ever KHL goal.