On a day of hard-fought encounters, it was mostly home sides who got the verdict by the narrowest of margins in the KHL. Only Salavat Yulaev escaped the travelers’ curse, picking up a 4-2 win at Dinamo Riga.
10 out of 10
Atlant Moscow Region posted a tenth successive win - but were pushed all the way by Ak Bars Kazan in a hard-fought clash in Mytishchi. Dmitry Upper got the decisive goal in the shoot-out after the teams had fought themselves to a standstill in a 0-0 draw. Indeed, Upper’s penalty shot was the only time either goaltender was beaten: Atlant’s Konstantin Barulin made 37 saves, Ak Bars’ Petri Vehanen had 41 as nerves jangled from start to finish.
It was a similar story in Omsk, where Avangard and Lev Poprad played out a stalemate before the hosts won in a shoot-out. This time it was Alexander Frolov who got the decisive goal, while Karri Ramo and Jan Laco defied all-comers for 65 minutes.
Magnitka leaves it late
CSKA came within moments of completing a league double over Metallurg Magnitogorsk, but the home side turned the game upside down in the dying moments to win 3-2. When Sergei Shirokov put the Moscow side in front on 55:48 it looked like game over, but within two minutes Denis Khlystov had tied the game at 2-2. Then with overtime beckoning, Juhamati Aaltonen got the winner on 59:04. It was Aaltonen’s second of the game, and this time there was no chance of a CSKA recovery.
Amur Khabarovsk beat Sibir Novosibirsk for the second time in two days, winning 3-2 on Monday following Tuesday’s overtime success. Dmitry Lugin got the winning goal on a powerplay on 51:51 to cap a strong fight-back in the third period. At 40 minutes Sibir had led 2-1, but Amur stepped up its attacking game to consolidate its play-off push.
A cure for travel sickness?
Salavat Yulaev Ufa was the only away winner on the night, recovering from 2-0 down to beat Dinamo Riga 4-2. Alexander Radulov scored twice in the big fightback, with Igor Grigorenko also on the mark before Pyotr Schastlivy made the points safe on 58:07.