A moment of opportunism from Dmitry Pestunov snatched a narrow victory for Dynamo Moscow at home to Lokomotiv, avenging last week’s defeat from the same opponent.
The decisive goal, Pestunov’s first of the season, came with little over six minutes to play. The forward pounced on a loose puck in the Loko end and while Ilya Lyubushkin was caught between going to the puck and cutting out a dangerous pass to Denis Mosalyov the forward rushed to the net and forced the puck past Curtis Sanford from close range.
That wasn’t quite the end of Loko’s hopes – with just under four minutes to play the Yaroslavl team got a power play. Jiri Novotny thumped a slap-shot against the crossbar and Geoff Platt fired millimeters wide off the target but Dynamo held on and went on to add a second through Kaspars Daugavins’ empty-netter.
Goalie Alexander Sharychenkov made 23 saves for his shut-out, earning the man-of-the-game award for his efforts
Earlier Dynamo had Maxim Solovyov to thank for two key ch ...