It's a dynamic double at the top of the KHL, with Dynamo Moscow and Dinamo Minsk leading the way on 12 points. The pair both won on Friday night to inch ahead of Salavat Yulaev.
Minsk on the march
Dinamo pulled off an impressive 3-1 win at Atlant Moscow Region as last season's runners-up continue to stutter in the early stages of this campaign. Daniel Corso opened the scoring in the first period only for Atlant to level through Patrik Zakrisson early in the second. Lukas Krajicek and Dmitry Korobov put Dinamo in control, and Geoff Platt saw a penalty shot saved by Dmitrij Kotschnew in the third period.
In Moscow it was Dynamo's first line which led the way against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The opening goal came from Konstantin Gorovikov, assisted by Leo Komarov and the pair reversed their roles on 40:26 to double the advantage. The visitors had enjoyed a successful record against Dynamo since joining the KHL, but couldn't repeat last season's 5-2 success in Moscow.
Radulov on target
Alexander Radulov finally got his first goal of the season, to add to seven assists, as Salavat Yulaev overwhelmed Amur 5-2 in Khabarovsk. Radulov's strike completed the scoring in a game which was less straight-forward than it first seemed for the defending champions. The men from Ufa raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to Oleg Saprykin, Igor Mirnov and Maxim Sushinsky, but the hosts hit back with efforts from Petr Vrana and Sergei Peretyagin as Salavat Yulaev ran into penalty trouble. Come the third period, though, class told. Sushinsky set up Saprykin for his second of the game before Radulov wrapped things up on 49:56.
Lev pays the penalty
A penalty save from CSKA goaltender Radislav Stana proved to be the turning point against Lev Poprad. Stana made the vital block against Ladislav Nagy on 23:33 when his team was leading 1-0 and that helped the Army Men hold on for a slender 3-2 win. Vyacheslav Buravichikov, Sergei Shirokov and Tomas Surovy got the goals for the hosts; Jiri Hunkes and Nagy replied for the Slovaks.
Around the league
In Nizhny Novgorod, Torpedo missed the chance to return to the top of the table after losing 1-0 to Barys Astana. In a hard-fought game the only goal came on 46:30 through Dustin Boyd, his first since his side's opening game.