Slovan wins in Prague. January 15 round-up15.01.2013
Slovan Bratislava got its third win of the season over Central European rival Lev Prague – despite having to play without defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy. The New York Islander’s future is yet to be resolved by the KHL and NHL, meaning he sat out Tuesday’s game in Prague. Without him, Slovan won 4-3, recovering from a first-minute Jakub Klepis goal to lead 3-1 by the first siren.
Milan Kytnar extended that lead early in the second, but Klepis scored again and added an assist as Tomas Rachunek made it 3-4. A scoreless final session, however, was good enough to see Slovan strengthen its grip on a play-off spot while Lev remains anxiously looking back at the chasing pack.
Off the ice, however, Slovan must wait to learn the fate of Visnovsky. Under the agreement reached by the KHL and the NHL during the lock-out, Visnovsky should return to New York Islanders to compete in the NHL season. However, due to personal issues, the player is keen to remain in his native Slovakia. Until an agreement over his future can be reached by representatives of both competitions, Visnovsky will be unable to play for Slovan.
Sanford’s starring performance
Curtis Sanford produced a game-winning display between the pipes for Lokomotiv in a shoot-out success at Severstal. The goalie made 41 saves in a 2-2 tie, before blanking the hosts in the shoot-out. Danill Apalkov got the winner; earlier Mikelis Redlihs scored twice for Loko.
Around the league
Neftekhimik recovered a 1-5 deficit at home to Amur Khabarovsk to claim an unlikely 6-5 victory. The visitors opened up a big lead inside 35 minutes, but the home side fought back. Tomas Netik did much of the damage with two goals; Martin Cibak got the winner on 55:20.
Igor Skorokhodov returned from the All-Star Game to score twice for Yugra in a 6-4 win over Barys. The result keeps the Khanty-Mansiysk side in contention for a play-off spot, four points behind eighth-placed Neftekhimik.
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