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Life without Mozyakin. September 19 round-up

20 September 2014, 00:12

Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s talismanic leader Sergei Mozyakin was absent due to injury, but Magnitka still found enough to come from behind and win at HC Sochi.

Mike Keenan promoted Maxim Yakutsenya to his top line but the goals came from elsewhere on the roster this time. Oskar Osala got the champion’s first of the night, rounding off a swift counter following a defensive error.

The game winner came in the 51st minute from Vladislav Kamenev, forcing the puck past Andrei Gavrilov after Evgeny Grigorenko had gone close on the wraparound.

Earlier Mikhail Anisin had given Sochi the lead as the first period drew to a close. But the KHL new comer couldn’t hold on against a Metallurg team that is once again proving hard to beat, even without its leading scorer.

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No stopping SKA 
SKA St. Petersburg made it a magnificent seven wins out of seven to maintain its perfect start to the season.

Neftekhimik was the latest victim, going down 5-1 at home to Vyacheslav Bykov’s pace-setters despite grabbing the lead after just 32 seconds through Alexander Ryazantsev.

Home joy didn’t last long, though, with SKA turning the game around midway through the first period thanks to goals from Alexei Ponikarovsky and Evgeny Dadonov.

A scoreless middle stanza ensured the game was still alive going into the final stages, but once Vadim Shipachyov and Ilya Kovalchuk extended SKA’s lead midway through the third there was no doubt about the outcome. Roman Cervenka completed the scoring in the 54th minute.

Life without Mozyakin 
Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s talismanic leader Sergei Mozyakin was absent due to injury, but Magnitka still found enough to come from behind and win at HC Sochi.

Mike Keenan promoted Maxim Yakutsenya to his top line but the goals came from elsewhere on the roster this time. Oskar Osala got the champion’s first of the night, rounding off a swift counter following a defensive error.

The game winner came in the 51st minute from Vladislav Kamenev, forcing the puck past Andrei Gavrilov after Evgeny Grigorenko had gone close on the wraparound.

Earlier Mikhail Anisin had given Sochi the lead as the first period drew to a close. But the KHL new comer couldn’t hold on against a Metallurg team that is once again proving hard to beat, even without its leading scorer.

Jokerit downs Lada 
Jokerit’s impressive start to life in the KHL continued with a 2-1 win at Lada. The Finns made it six wins from seven outings thanks to a first period goal from Linus Omark and a second period marker from Oskari Korpikari.

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Henrik Karlsson returned to goalkeeping duty for Jokerit, replacing the impressive Riku Helenius, and he was just two seconds away from celebrating a shut-out only for Denis Golubev to score on him with Lada’s 21st attempt of the evening.

Around the league 
Dynamo Moscow had to work hard to see off Avtomobilist at Luzhniki. The visitor took an early lead through young Anatoly Golyshev’s power play goal, and even after home D-men Janne Jalasvaara and Maxim Solovyov had turned the game around Avto tied it up early in the second. Kaspars Daugavins got his first for Dynamo to make it 3-2, and wrapped it up with an empty netter to complete a 4-2 win.

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Ugra romped to a 5-2 victory at home to Dinamo Riga thanks to three goals in four minutes at the start of the third period. Alexei Pepelyayev snapped a 2-2 tie within a minute of the restart and Lukas Kaspar added two more to condemn the Latvians to a third consecutive defeat.

Two goals in 20 seconds set Sibir on the way to a fourth win in five games. Viktor Bobrov and Patrik Hersley struck in quick succession in the 34th minute to cancel out Dmitry Makarov’s opener and send Salavat Yulaev spinning to a 1-3 defeat.

Ak Bars left it late before snatching an overtime win at Vityaz. The hosts led 2-0 at the second intermission, but Dmitry Obukhov and Janne Pesonen tied it up with two and a half minutes to play. Oscar Moller won it 19 seconds into the extras. 

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