Spartak set an unwanted record for consecutive KHL defeats – but once again Fyodor Kanareikin’s youthful line-up was dealt a dis-service by the final score.
Spartak lost 1-5 at home to SKA to make it 15 defeats in a row. However, while the outcome might have been predictable, the Red-and-Whites battled hard to ensure that the game was still alive until deep into the final period.
Although Ilya Kovalchuk and Vadim Shipachyov gave SKA a 2-0 lead, Igor Volkov halved the deficit almost immediately and brave netminding from young Igor Shestyorkin ensured it was a one-goal game until the 48th minute.
Traktor holds play-off position
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s shoot-out winner kept Traktor in a play-off position following a 2-2 tie in Novokuznetsk.
But the Chelyabinsk team, which went into the game knowing it needed some kind of win to overhaul Admiral, made hard work of victory over the KHL’s bottom club.
Earlier Admiral had briefly docked in eighth position with a 3-2 win at home to Salavat Yulaev. Vladivostok’s foreign contingent of Richard Gynge, Niclas Bergfors and Mike Commodore opened up a 3-0 lead in the second period; Igor Mirnov and Tomas Zaborsky made it close, but not close enough for Salavat.
Around the league
Atlant was the day’s biggest winner, thrashing Dinamo Minsk 7-1 in Belarus. The damage was done in the first period, with Sergei Shmelyov scoring twice as Atlant opened up an unassailable 5-1 advantage.
Alexander Yunkov handed Amur a shoot-out win following a 4-4 tie with Neftekhimik. Yunkov also scored twice in regulation, but saw his team let slip a 4-2 lead in the final minutes.