A day of shut-outs. September 29 round-up
All three KHL games ended with a shut-out on Friday. First, Metallurg regained its share of top spot in the overall standings, snapping a three-game skid with a 1-0 squeaker at Salavat Yulaev. Magnitka moves to 19 points, level with Western Conference leader Torpedo. Dynamo closed on the Western summit with an emphatic victory over Avangard. Four power play goals helped Alexei Kudashov’s men to a 6-0 victory. And there was a third shut-out of the day in Mytishchi, where Amur blanked Kunlun Red Star to avenge a shoot-out loss in its home opener 10 days earlier.
Seventh heaven for CSKA, Torpedo moves clear at the top. September 28 round-up
CSKA racked up a big win over in-form Sochi, offering hope that the defending champion is putting a stuttering start to the season behind it. This season’s leader, Torpedo, consolidated its position with an OT win against Ak Bars. There were goals in Cherepovets, where Spartak beat Severstal 5-3, but fans in Balashikha endured the exact opposite as Vityaz and Lada went scoreless through 60 minutes before Vladimir Galuzin won it for the host. In Thursday’s opening action, Barys rallied from 0-2, with Riley Barber continuing his hot streak, but lost in a shoot-out to Admiral.
Dragons shoot down Eastern leader. September 27 round-up
Kunlun Red Star denied Metallurg the chance to move clear at the top of the KHL standings. The Dragons recovered from 0-2 to grab a shoot-out win over Magnitka, which moves to 17 points alongside Torpedo. Two other teams also clawed back two-goal deficits, but neither Traktor nor Amur could finish the job against Salavat Yulaev and Neftekhimik respectively. Early in the day, SKA reeled off a fourth successive victory with a 3-0 success at Sibir. Lokomotiv enjoyed a 3-1 success over Avtomobilist.
Torpedo on top, Sochi on form. September 26 round-up
Torpedo’s 4-1 win at Vityaz puts Igor Larionov’s team on top of the KHL standings. Among its pursuers, surprise package HC Sochi recorded a sixth successive victory with a 3-2 verdict over Spartak. We saw the same scoreline in Minsk, where Dinamo edged Ak Bars to make it two wins in three. CSKA’s problems continue: the defending champion was unable to build on its road win at Lokomotiv and went down 1-2 against Severstal.
Conference leaders suffer defeats. September 25 round-up
Monday’s big game saw Lokomotiv beat Metallurg 4-1, with the home team scoring three goals from three shots in the third period to seal the verdict. Dynamo, the other conference leader, also suffered defeat, going down 2-3 at Sibir. There were goals aplenty in Nizhnekamsk, where Pontus Aberg had a hat-trick as Barys won 6-5 in overtime. SKA relied on its depth to edge Admiral and make it three wins in a row, while Traktor edged an overtime win at Lada thanks to Zac Fucale’s first KHL shut-out.
Ak Bars avenges Green derby loss, Torpedo withstands Minsk comeback. Sep 24 round-up
The second Green derby of the season saw Salavat Yulaev produce another fightback against Ak Bars. This time, though, it was not enough to turn the game around as Kazan got revenge for its defeat 10 days earlier. In Sunday’s other game, Dinamo Minsk also produced an unsuccessful fightback. The Bison came from 0-3 to tie Torpedo at 3-3 – but only for eight seconds before Daniil Bokun restored the visitor’s lead.
Severstal wins a thriller, Galchenyuk opens KHL account. September 23 round-up
SKA started a busy Saturday of KHL action with a 4-0 win at Amur, a game notable for Alex Galchenyuk potting his first two goals for his new club. He wasn’t the only man to score twice: Shane Prince helped Spartak to victory over Traktor, while Riley Barber and Maxim Karpov finished on the losing side at Sibir and Severstal respectively. Karpov was especially unfortunate: he tied the game for Metallurg in the 58th minute, but Severstal claimed a shoot-out win despite trailing 0-3 after six minutes. Elsewhere, CSKA got a hard-fought win at Lokomotiv, Lada moves to second in the East after thrashing Kunlun, and Dynamo stays top of the West thanks to a 5-4 verdict at Admiral.
Motormen, Minsk snap losing streaks. September 22 round-up
Avtomobilist ended a three-game skid with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Salavat Yulaev. Dinamo snapped a longer unsuccessful run, edging a 3-2 verdict at home to Vityaz to record a first win in six. Vityaz remains rooted to the foot of the standings after seven straight losses.
Lada enjoys CSKA success, Goldobin stars for Spartak. September 21 round-up
CSKA lost in Togliatti for the first time since 2009, going down 1-3 to a Lada team that could be the most impressive we’ve seen in the KHL era. In the day’s early action, Dynamo Moscow won in Khabarovsk to return to the Western Conference summit while Admiral won its home opener against Kunlun Red Star. Sibir celebrated a first regulation-time win at its new arena, edging past Avangard amid a flurry of late goals. It was a similar story for Sochi, who overturned a 2-3 deficit in the last 10 minutes to beat Traktor. Spartak’s Nikolai Goldobin had five assists in a 6-3 win over Barys.
SKA snaps the skid. September 20 round-up
After five successive losses, SKA got back on track with victory at home to Severstal. However, Dinamo Minsk slipped to its fifth loss in a row at home to Lokomotiv. And Vityaz is even worse off, losing six in a row as Torpedo returned to the top of the Western conference. KHL leader Metallurg kept up its good start to the season with a shoot-out verdict against Avtomobilist, while Salavat Yulaev blew a 2-0 lead before defeating Neftekhimik 4-2.
Man of the Week: Michal Kristof
KHL.ru continues its weekly column dedicated to prominent figures in the league. This week the talk is about Michal Kristof. The Slovak forward had a tremendous start of the season in Sochi and is trying to get the Black Sea franchise back to the elimination stage after four years of hiatus.
Shoot-out win snaps Red Star skid. September 19 round-up
Amur played its first home game of the season after a long – and not unsuccessful – road trip to begin the campaign. The Tigers after back-to-back wins at Avangard (5-1) and Sibir (2-1, SO) to face a Kunlun team that briefly led the KHL standings but slipped back on a run of three straight losses.
Dynamo moves top in the West, Jaskin rescues Ak Bars. September 18 round-up
There’s a new leader in the West, as Dynamo defeated Spartak with Yegor Petukhov bagging a lacrosse goal in the closing stages. That moves the Blue-and-Whites clear of Torpedo, which lost in overtime at Salavat Yulaev. In the East, Metallurg consolidated its position on top of the overall standings with a 4-2 win over Avtomobilist before Dmitrij Jaskin’s hat-trick saw Ak Bars edge past Vityaz in OT. The highest-scoring performance of the day – and the season so far – came in Astana, where Barys scored eight on Neftekhimik. There were also plenty of goals in Sochi as the Leopards edged Severstal to make it four successive wins.
Big record falls, Larionov signs an old friend
One of the biggest KHL scoring records changed hands last week, with another of Sergei Mozyakin’s landmarks firmly in sight. On the transfer market, Torpedo made a seemingly surprising addition, while Spartak finally agreed terms with a key import. And the Women’s Hockey League got underway with last year’s champion, Agidel, losing the season opener to runner-up Dynamo Neva.