Spartak wins at last

23 December 2011, 23:00

Spartak Moscow picked up only its second win in 12 games, shooting down Avangard Omsk 3-1 at Sokolniki. It was a double dose of Yunkov which set the Red-and-Whites on their way: Alexander opened the scoring on 4:46 and Mikhail doubled the lead on 22:53. Alexander Popov pulled one back, but with 53 seconds to play an empty net goal from Alexei Zavarukhin settled the issue.

Morozov at the death
Friday’s game in Kazan produced a thrilling finish - and left Metallurg in despair when Alexei Morozov won it for Ak Bars with three seconds left to play. Morozov struck on a powerplay to show yet again how the home team can never be written off until the hooter sounds. But defeat was harsh on the Novokuznetsk side, which battled back from 0-2 to tie the game with two goals inside 30 seconds as the halfway mark approached, with Andrei Kuzmin’s equalizer coming when his team was shorthanded.

Fightback falls short
In Nizhnekamsk, local Neftekhimik was denied by Amur Khabarovsk, despite a rousing recovery from 1-4 to 4-4. Luck was not with the hosts, though: no sooner had Kirill Knyazev tied the game with his second of the evening than Martin Ruzicka put Amur back in front. Earlier Petr Vrana had scored twice as Amur built its first lead, and in a frantic finale it was Dmitry Lugin’s empty net goal which confirmed a 6-4 win for the Far East team.

Yeremeyev denies former team-mates
Dynamo Moscow might be rueing the decision to release goaltender Vitaly Yeremeyev to Barys Astana - after losing 5-1 in Kazakhstan. Incredibly, Dynamo outshot the hosts 34-13, but found Yeremeyev in almost invincible form. By the time Leo Komarov grabbed a consolation goal for the Muscovites, a second-period blitz led by two-goal defenseman Kevin Dallman had Barys in complete control. For Dynamo, not even a change of goalie - Alexei Volkov replacing Alexander Yeryomenko at 0-2 - could stop the Barys sharpshooters.

Hat-trick not enough for Suglobov
Two goals apiece from Alexander Radulov and Miroslav Blatak helped Salavat Yulaev sink Sibir 7-4 in Ufa - and ensured that Alexander Suglobov’s hat-trick heroics were in vain. Suglobov’s treble helped the visitors recover to 5-4 at one stage, but it wasn’t enough on a day when the Radulov family dominated. As well as Alexander’s two goals, he claimed an assist on brother Igor’s strike, a family favor returned later in the game.

Sushinsky off the mark
Maxim Sushinsky got his first goal for Metallurg Magnitogorsk following his recent switch from Salavat Yulaev - and helped his team-mates to a 4-1 win at Severstal Cherepovets. He converted a 5v3 powerplay on 24:40 to make it 2-1, and added an assist on Sergei Mozyakin’s goal to wrap up the scoring on 51:29.

Around the league
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod won 2-1 at Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, maintaining a flawless record against the Ural side in KHL meetings. Ilya Krikunov got the winner on 46:08, earlier Evgeny Varlamov’s opener was cancelled out by Avto’s Denis Osipov.

Artemy Panarin finished with 2+1 as Vityaz Chekhov beat in-form Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 3-1. Mikhail Zhukov (1+1) was the other home goalscorer as Yugra’s six-game winning streak came to an end.

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