After 34 minutes, Sergei Konkov was enjoying the perfect return to Dynamo. He had a quickfire hat-trick, and his team led 4-1. After 60 minutes, he and his Sibir colleagues were lamenting a 4-6 reverse in the most entertaining game of the day. Elsewhere, Nikita Tryamkin inspired Avtomobilist to a 5-0 win over Severstal, Metallurg preserved its all-time unbeaten home record against Spartak and Lokomotiv picked up its sixth win in seven.
Traktor’s four-game winning run came to an end at the hands of Torpedo, which improves to five victories from six.
The opening stanza produced no goals as the teams probed for shooting opportunities, but Torpedo moved in front thanks to Kirill Urakov’s goal early in the second. Vitaly Kravtsov put Traktor on level terms when he finished off Alexander Sharov’s advance into the visitor’s territory and the game was finely poised going into the final session.
Two goals and an assist from defenseman Nikita Tryamkin and 38 saves from Jakub Kovar provided the backbone of the home team’s success. Kovar recorded his third shut-out of the campaign, while Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau kept up his good form with two assists in a comprehensive victory.
Yegor Milovzorov got things moving with a fourth-minute goal, then Parenteau and Tryamkin combined to set up Dwight King for the second shortly after the intermission. Tryamkin scored his first to extend the lead, and there were third-period markers for the defenseman and his fellow blue liner Michal Cajkovsky.
Spartak arrived in Magnitogorsk seeking its first ever win on the road at Metallurg – but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.
The game was full of incident from the start: an early fight between Magnitka’s Ilya Berestennikov and Spartak’s Artyom Voronin ended with the visitor lying prone on the ice, but the Red-and-Whites packed a punch in front of goal when Ilya Tataluyev opened the scoring in the 14th minute.
Metallurg had dominated the play, but had to wait until the second period to get off the mark. Evgeny Timkin tied the game with a wraparound effort early on, then fit-again Tomas Filippi marked his return to action by setting up Matt Ellison for the go-ahead goal.
Spartak went out in the final frame determined to turn things around again, and fired in 18 shots on Vasily Koshechkin’s net. Vyacheslav Leshchenko found the target midway through the session to tie it up at 2-2, but Metallurg took advantage of a rare chance at the other end to secure the points. Oskar Osala was the scorer, firing in a one-timer off Chris Lee’s feed to beat Magnus Svensson.
This battle of the strugglers – Lada stood 25th at the start of play, Dinamo 27th – went the full distance before the home team claimed victory.
Lada did it the hard way though, throwing away a 2-0 lead before seeing Nikita Filatov secure the shoot-out success. Quick second-period goals from Igor Skorokhodov and Georgy Belousov put the home team in control with 26 minutes played, but Dinamo rallied in the third.
Mikelis Redlihs gave the visitor hope in the 47th minute, and five minutes later Brandon McMillan tied the game to reward Dinamo for a spell of pressure on the home net. But neither side could finish the job before the shoot-out, and Filatov made the difference in the end.
A goal in each period was good enough for Lokomotiv to overcome Ugra, despite falling behind early on.
Anton Korolyov stunned the home crowd when he put the Eastern Conference struggler 1-0 up after five minutes, but it took barely a minute for Loko to respond. Denis Mosalyov fed the puck out from behind the net, Daniil Apalkov fired home to make it four goals in four games. That duo reversed its role at the start of the second, with Mosalyov scoring off Apalkov’s assist and Pavel Koledov converted a 5-on-3 power play in the third to wrap up the win.
Ugra slipped to a ninth successive loss, while Loko’s sixth victory in seven outings keeps it five points clear in fourth place.
Ex-Dynamo forward Sergei Konkov reminded his former club what he was all about with a spectacular hat-trick in the space of five minutes, but he left Moscow defeated after the home team rallied in the third.
Konkov’s purple patch helped Sibir jump to a 4-1 lead in the second period after Vyacheslav Osnovin cancelled out Mikhail Anisin’s first-period goal for the host. Anisin and Konkov were part of the 2012 Gagarin Cup-winning line-up, but their paths diverged. Anisin’s career went into something of a downward spiral: today saw him celebrate his first KHL appearance of the season with a goal before Konkov exploded at the midway point of the game.
Dynamo, though, found a way back into the game. Juuso Hietanen reduced the deficit late in the second, then two goals in 31 seconds tied the game at the start of the third. Young prospect Alexander Petunin found the net again before Dustin Boyd – pointless for 12 games – added to his second-period assist.
That paved the way for Andrei Alexeyev to win it: two goals from the 22-year-old gave Dynamo a decisive advantage and saw the young forward find the net for the first time since September.
Vityaz took a tight verdict at home to Admiral, improving to three wins from four and breathing renewed life into its flagging playoff push.
The decisive action came either side of the first intermission, with the experienced Alexei Kopeikin opening the scoring in the 19th minute and Finnish forward Matias Myttynen doubling the lead at the start of the second period. That was Myttynen’s first goal since arriving from Kunlun Red Star; tomorrow his faces his former club in Podolsk.
Admiral worked hard to find a way back into the game, but the Sailors have been blown off course this season and suffered a fifth straight loss despite Vladimir Tkachyov’s last-minute goal. Lying 12th in the East, 17 points adrift of the top eight, it’s hard to plot a course into post season for the Vladivostok team.