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Perezhogin’s double century. December 24 round-up

25 December 2014, 00:27

Avangard forward Alexander Perezhogin got his 200th goal in Russia’s top league – and it was a vital one, snapping a 3-3 tie to give his team victory at Salavat Yulaev.

There were just five seconds left on the clock, and Avangard was enjoying a power play when Perezhogin controlled a Nikita Pivtsakin pass with his skate and swept a shot into Vladimir Sokhatsky’s net from the edge of the right-hand circle.

The home team may well feel it did enough to win the game, leading for long periods and having a slight edge on the shot count. But two goals from Chad Kolarik – including a 56th-minute equalizer – enabled Avangard to keep pace until Perezhogin’s big moment.

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New boys lead CSKA to victory 
League leader CSKA put a damper on Dinamo Riga’s Christmas party, battling back to win 5-4 in the Latvian capital.

Twice the home team held a two-goal advantage, profiting from CSKA penalties on four separate occasions in the first half-hour of the game. Mikelis Redlihs led the way with two goals midway through the first period.

But the Army Men, even without Alexander Radulov and Igor Grigorenko, found a way to recover. Evgeny Korotkov got his first of the season before Ondrej Nemec scored twice to mark his first appearance in Red and Blue after moving from Atlant. Fellow newcomer Igor Makarov, previously with SKA and Neftekhimik this season, also found the net on his debut.

The game winner went to Stephane da Costa; the French forward remains in contention for the top scorer’s prize after notching his 22nd marker of the season early in the final stanza. CSKA remains clear at the top; Dinamo is still some way adrift of the play-off spots.

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Thuresson downs Dynamo 
Christmas came early for Andreas Thuresson as the Swede scored four in Severstal’s 5-2 win over Dynamo Moscow.

He opened the scoring in the sixth minute, only for Dynamo to hit back in the second period to lead at the midway point thanks to goals from Martins Karsums and Yegor Dugin.

Thuresson, though, was unstoppable: he tied it up on 35 minutes and got what proved to be the game-winner in the 49thPavel Chernov stretched Severstal’s lead before, inevitably, an empty net goal gave Thuresson the final word.

50 shut outs for Koshechkin 
Vasily Koshechkin was in Scrooge-like mood for Metallurg, stopping 42 shots to hand Magnitka a 3-0 win over Avtomobilist.

His performance also brought up a notable career milestone: after a long wait since October 27 the goalie finally posted his 50th perfect display in the KHL.

At the other Jakub Kovar, no stranger to a shut-out himself this season, was beaten twice by Sergei Moyzakin and once more by Danis Zaripov.

Ak Bars maintains its Barys hoodoo 
Ak Bars continued its dominance over Barys as the battle of the KHL’s two snow leopard teams went the way of the men from Kazan.

The 4-1 success in Astana was Ak Bars’ 22nd win in 26 meetings and kept Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s team on top in the East.

Two goals from Mikhail Varnakov paced the visitor into a 3-0 lead inside 21 minutes, and took the forward to 12 for the season, making him the team’s leading goalscorer.

Dustin Boyd got one back for Barys but Mikhail Glukhov completed the scoring into an empty net.

Around the league 
In-form Dinamo Minsk made it seven wins in a row thanks to a shoot-out success over SKA. The teams were locked at 1-1 after Nick Bailen cancelled out Jimmie Ericsson’s opener in a flurry of goal action deep in the second. But it took Ryan Vesce to settle matters with a penalty shot as SKA’s recent run of indifferent form continues.

Sibir had little difficulty in rolling over Amur thanks to three goals in the first 10 minutes. Alexei KopeikinPatrik Hersley and Oleg Gubin did the damage to set up a 4-1 victory.

Neftekhimik’s Dan Sexton had a late, late Christmas rush to snatch victory for his team at Slovan. The points looked destined for the home team after three goals in five minutes early in the third period turned a 1-3 deficit into a 4-3 lead. But Sexton scored twice in the 59th minute to put Neftekhimik back in front and Yegor Milovzorov added an empty netter to complete a 6-4 win.

Goals from Anton Glinkin and Artyom Borodkin helped Traktor to a 2-1 win at home to Lada. The visitor pulled one back in the last minute thanks to Martin Zatovic but ran out of time in the quest for an equalizer.

Sakari Salminen’s overtime winner saw Torpedo edge the verdict against HC Sochi. The visitor led twice in this battle of two play-off contenders, but Nikita Filatov tied it up at 2-2 in the 27th minute and it stayed that way until Salminen struck 95 seconds before the end of overtime. 

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