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Jokerit downs Ak Bars. December 11 round-up

11 December 2014, 22:18

Steve Moses scored his 24th of the season to move to the top of the KHL goalscoring chart and lift Jokerit to a 2-1 victory at Ak Bars.

The American forward scored in the ninth minute, profiting from a rare stumble in possession by defenseman Konstantin Korneyev to get one-on-one with Anders Nilsson and fire home.

That goal put him out in front of Barys’ Nigel Dawes in the scoring race and gave Jokerit a 2-0 advantage on the night after Niklas Hagman’s power play goal gave the Finns the lead a minute earlier.

Ak Bars battled back hard but after Ilya Nikulin reduced the deficit with a one-timer off Justin Azevedo’s pass the home team couldn’t find a way to tie the game.

The defeat means Ak Bars failed to move clear of Avangard at the top of the Eastern Conference. Jokerit remains third in the West.

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Magnitka gets past Dinamo
Metallurg Magnitogorsk edged out Dinamo Riga – but only after withstanding a strong fightback from the Latvians.

The home side took control of the first period with a goal for each of its prolific first line, Danis ZaripovJan Kovar and Sergei Mozyakin stacked up against a Miks Indrasis marker for the visitor.

Kovar stretched the lead to 4-1 40 seconds after the restart and it seemed that the defending champion was on course for a comfortable win.

But Dinamo had other ideas: three goals in the middle session saw Mikelis RedlihsLinus Videll and Oskars Cibulskis tie the game at 4-4.

Suddenly it was anyone’s game, but Chris Lee’s strike early in the third period gave Magnitka a slender advantage that it held to the end.

SKA breezes past Avtomobilist
SKA strolled to a 5-1 win at Avtomobilist thanks to a quick start in Yekaterinburg.

There were just 55 seconds on the clock when Vadim Shipachyov went one-on-one with goalie Jakub Kovar, only to be hooked back by Alexei Simakov; from the resultant penalty shot Shipachyov opened the scoring.

Then two goals in 30 seconds midway through the first period put SKA in complete control. Artemy Panarin made it 2-0 on a breakaway then Patrick Thoresen finished off a neat passing move.

The Army Men added further goals from Anton Burdasov and Evgeny Ketov; Avto managed a lone consolation effort through Ilya Arkalov.

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