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Backstrom’s win treble. November 14 round-up


Niklas Backstrom hit a hat-trick as Dynamo recovered a 3-1 deficit to claim a 4-3 overtime victory at Vityaz Chekhov. He grabbed the winner with 39 seconds left in overtime to break home hearts and keep the defending champion on top of the KHL table. Earlier Vityaz had raced into a 3-1 lead inside 25 minutes, only to be pegged back in the final session.

Atlant continues to suffer
Struggling Atlant went down to a 10th successive defeat, losing 0-2 at home to CSKA. The hosts mustered just 14 shots on Rastislav Stana’s goal, and lost out to Alexander Radulov and Ilya Zubov, who got the goals for CSKA. The Army Men stay fourth in the Western Conference, while Stana goes to the top of the goalies’ shut-out chart.

Lev back on form
Lev Prague picked up a rare win, improving its recent record to two wins in 12 with a 3-2 success at Torpedo. The Czechs recovered an early deficit, with goals from Jakub Klepis, Zdeno Chara and Jiri Novotny putting the team in control by the 24th minute.

Around the league
Semyon Varlamov had a 32-save shut-out as Lokomotiv won 4-0 at home to Slovan Bratislava. Good finishing was the key to the win, with Roman Lyuduchin finishing with 1+1 on the night.

Kirill Lyamin grabbed an overtime winner for Avangard following a 2-2 tie with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Sergei Kostitsyn’s assist on that goal took him to 1+1 for the game.

Young forward Yegor Dugin got his first goal of the season in only his second appearance for Traktor, wrapping up the scoring in a 6-3 win at Barys.

SKA St. Petersburg picked up a 4-1 win at Dinamo Minsk. Early goals from Patrik Thoresen and Maxim Rybin set the team on the way to a convincing victory.

Ruslan Fedotenko was the star man for Donbass, grabbing two assists before claiming the winner in a shoot-out success over Neftekhimik.

Niko Kapanen scored after 19 seconds to set Ak Bars on the way to a 2-0 win at Dinamo Riga. Janne Pesonen got the second.

Yury Trubachyov added to his earlier goal with the decisive contribution in a shoot-out as Salavat Yulaev edged a tight game at Spartak. The teams drew 2-2 in regulation, trading a trio of goals in the first six minutes, before Trubachyov settled the shoot-out.

Yugra goaltender Mikhail Biryukov produced a stellar display, with 40 saves in a shoot-out win over Avtomobilist. But he ended up with a post-game 5+20 spearing penalty as well. It all added up to a losing debut for Avto newboy Joffrey Lupul, a new signing for the duration of the NHL lock-out.

See also

05.03.2014 Admiral sails into play-off. March 4 round-up

02.03.2014 Loko clinches play-off spot. March 2 round-up

01.03.2014 Down to the wire. March 1 round-up

28.02.2014 Avangard out. February 28 round-up