The day’s top game lived up to expectations as Dynamo Moscow and SKA produced a pulsating 3-3 tie before Janne Jalasvaara in his 200th outing for the Blue-and-Whites handed them victory in overtime.
That goal was created by Kaspars Daugavins, who took the puck from end to end before squaring the puck to the Finnish defenseman who was presented an empty net to seal the win.
It wasn’t the only impressive goal from a Dynamo defenseman on the night: Mat Robinson’s shorthanded effort to tie the game at 2-2 was another thing of beauty, created by Sergei Soin’s immaculate diagonal that left Alexander Salak with no chance.
Earlier SKA had led twice through Andrei Kuteikin and Tony Martensson, but Dynamo got in front in the third period as Denis Mosalyov produced a defense-splitting pass that took two opponents out of the game and enabled Denis Kokarev to convert from close range.
Salavat’s woes continue
Salavat Yulaev suffered a fifth consecutive defeat as uncertainty continues to swirl around the future of the club’s main sponsor.
This time Ugra benefited from the Ufa team’s problems, skating to a 3-1 win thanks largely to a quickfire double in the first period.
Salavat Yulaev remains in fifth in the Eastern Conference, but after a bright start to the season Vladimir Yurzinov’s team is losing ground on the front-runners.
Goal show in Astana
Barys and Neftekhimik served up a 10-goal thriller before Roman Starchenko gave the home side the win in a shoot-out.
The game was evenly fought throughout: both sides took the lead, but neither managed to build an advantage of more than one goal in a pulsating contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
Kevin Dallman was Barys’ leading scorer on the night; his two goals were matched by Tim Stapleton’s double for Neftekhimik in a game that left home coach Andrei Nazarov scratching his head about how usually-reliable goalie Jan Laco suddenly managed to ship five in one night.
Two games in the Eastern Conference were settled by a single goal: Avangard edged Lada 1-0 and Avtomobilist got a similar verdict against Traktor.
In Yekaterinburg, meanwhile, Avtomobilist dominated long stretches of its clash with Traktor – but ironically the only game came on a counter attack during a rare spell of Traktor pressure. Alexander Rybakov got the decisive goal in the 46th minute.
Around the league
HC Sochi continued its recent improvement with a shoot-out win over high flying Jokerit. Andre Petersson got the winner after a 2-2 tie, while goalie Tomas Popperle saved a penalty shot from Steve Moses during overtime.
Lokomotiv powered to a 4-1 win at home to Dinamo Riga. Dave King’s team took control in the first period with goals from Staffan Kronwall and Vladislav Kartayev and after Andris Dzerins cut the deficit in the second two late strikes completed the scoring.
Atlant recovered from 0-2 to win 4-2 at home to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Igor Levitsky scored twice in the third period to settle the outcome.
Medvescak came up short in its efforts to claw back a 1-4 deficit at home to Admiral. Bill Thomas scored two for the hosts, but Ilya Zubov’s short-handed goal in the 31st minute ultimately proved the difference between the teams.
Amur recorded only second win on the road after beating Slovan 3-1 in Bratislava with a goal in each period. Alexei Murygin made 34 saves for the Far East team, but was denied his first shut-out of the season with less than two minutes to play.