CSKA produced a second-period storm to beat Salavat Yulaev 7-0.
The teams played out a goalless opening session, but even that there was some evidence that the visitor was in for a difficult evening. CSKA had 23 attempts on goal to eight, and 11 of them forced a save from Leland Irving.
But that was merely the warm-up act: four goals in four minutes – including two in 20 seconds – transformed the path of the game. Sergei Andronov, Vladimir Zharkov, Hjalmarsson and Andrei Kuzmenko ensured that CSKA scored with six of its 10 shots on goal in the period, spelling the end of Irving’s evening.
Hjalmarsson got his second of the night in the third to complete the scoring; Kevin Lalande made 19 saves for his shut-out. Salavat Yulaev’s recent trips to Moscow have resulted in two defeats with a combined score of 13-0.
Admittedly Amur contributed to its downfall with some indifferent defense and several of Ak Bars’ goals came from turnovers that prompted a squadron of forwards to bear down on a sparsely defended net.
Neither Alexei Murygin nor Sergei Borisov could do much to stop the Ak Bars onslaught; Murygin was pulled after Dmitry Obukhov made the score 3-1, but Borisov found himself retrieving the puck from his net three times in five minutes as a calamitous second period drew to a close.
Canadian defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, a recent Ak Bars signing, got his first ever KHL goal to complete the scoring here.
Ansel Galimov opened the scoring for the home team in the 8th minute, coming straight out of the penalty box to launch a counter attack. His initial effort missed the mark, but Galimov skated around the goal to create a second opening and scored with a backhander.
Magnitka tied it up in the first minute of the second period with a goal that united the team’s usual suspects: Danis Zaripov and Sergei Mozyakin got their passing game together to present Jan Kovar with a power play marker.
Neither side could go on and win a fairly even game in regulation, but it took just 69 seconds of overtime to settle the outcome. Alexander Romanov’s pass from behind the goal picked out Cade Fairchild and the defenseman took his time to pick out a scoring shot on Alexander Pechursky.
And the 25-year-old made a winning start to life in Zagreb, picking up a 4-1 victory in his opening game against Atlant. The first period was scoreless, but Martin St.Pierre gave Medvescak the lead early in the second and Aaron Palushaj doubled that advantage on the power play.
Avangard left it late to beat Barys 3-1 in Astana. Alexander Perezhogin made it 2-1 in the 55th minute and Miroslav Blatak put a shorthanded goal into the empty net to seal the win. Earlier Dustin Boyd and Denis Kulyash traded second-period goals.
Dinamo Riga beat its namesake from Minsk 4-1 in Latvia. Marcel Hossa and Milan Jurcina did the bulk of the damage, each posting 1+1. Hossa also reached the landmark of 250 KHL points in a career that has taken him to Ak Bars, Spartak and Lev Prague as well as his time in Riga.
Avtomobilist motored to a comfortable 4-1 victory at Admiral. Alexei Ugarov gave the home team the lead early on, but goals from Sergei Yemelin and Alexei Yefimov put Avto up at the first intermission and that lead was never challenged.
Sergei Mozyakin: another goal, another record for Magnitka’s phenomenon. January 19 round-up 19 January 2017, 22:36