Lokomotiv Yaroslavl welcomed new NHL arrival Artem Anisimov to the club with a comfortable 4-2 victory over Spartak Moscow. The Columbus Blue Jackets center made his first appearance back at his boyhood club as Loko enjoyed a comfortable home win and snapped a two-game losing streak.
The experience of Alexei Kalyuzhny was crucial early on for the hosts, as he leveled the scoring on a powerplay late in the first period, then orchestrated another special team after the interval to set up Mikelis Redlihs for the go-ahead goal. Yegor Yakovlev chipped in with his first ever KHL goal to stretch the lead and Yegor Averin got the fourth.
Andersson at the double
Atlant Moscow Region withstood a second-period fightback to sink Dinamo Riga 5-2. Jonas Andersson scored twice – the first and the last – to wrap up the win. But things were not entirely routine for the home side, despite racing to a 3-0 first period advantage. Two goals in little over a minute in the second session saw Martins Karsums and Alexandre Giroux pull the game back to 3-2 before Andersson’s second midway through the third gave Atlant some much-needed breathing space.
On the move
Among the other lock-out related deals which were made official on Friday, SKA St. Petersburg snapped up goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who joins Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko in Russia’s northern capital. In Moscow, CSKA officially confirmed the expected arrivals of Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Bryzgalov, while Donbass signed Anton Babchuk.
Elsewhere Slovan Bratislava has added Lubo Visnovsky to the ranks and Barys Astana signed Nikolai Antropov.