East: Chudinov scores from his own half, Ufa takes its chances. March 20 playoffs20 March 2019, 20:30
Dynamo Moscow dug deep to overturn a 0-2 deficit and defeat Ak Bars Kazan in a shoot-out. The home side had won its previous four games, and it seemed that the run would continue when Konstantin Korneyev and Danis Zaripov made it 2-0 inside 10 minutes.
But Dynamo’s powerplay has been impressive this season, and defenseman Maxim Solovyov pulled one goal back on 11:15 before Konstantin Volkov tied it up midway through the second period. Alexander Ovechkin, who is being used as a fourth attacker on the powerplay, got an assist on that goal, and was the first player to score in the shoot-out. Marek Kvapil claimed the decisive goal moments later.
Shoot-out in Bratislava
Slovan Bratislava made it six wins out of six with a shoot-out success over Yugra – which has now lost its last five games. Following a 3-3 tie, Miroslav Satan and Michal Vondrka both beat Mikhail Biryukov in the shoot-out, while Yugra failed to score on Jaroslav Janus.
Fans getting back to their seats late at the Slovnaft Arena missed much of the regulation time action: in all three periods there were goals within moments of the opening face-off. Yugra started by overturning the form book: the side with four straight defeats opened up a 2-0 lead against opponents with four wins on the spin. Slovan hit back in the second period, tying it up by 31:54, but if home fans hoped for a smooth passage to victory they were stunned on 40:44 when Igor Skorokhodov made it 3-2 for Yugra. In form Vondrka made it six successive games among the points when he leveled matters on 45:19.
Neftekhimik stops the rot
Neftekhimik shrugged off the loss of Nail Yakupov to snap a two-game losing streak by downing Avtomobilist 4-2. Yakupov, 18, is at the center of a row between his club, Edmonton Oilers, and the International Ice Hockey Federation, about whether he is eligible to play in Europe rather than staying with the Oilers farm club in Canada, and as such cannot appear for Neftekhimik.
But that didn’t hamper is team-mates against Avtomobilist, with Oskar Osala claiming the game-winning goal to get Neftekhimik back on the victory trail.
Minsk wins at last
Dinamo Minsk had to go a long way to snap a four-game losing streak, but a 3-2 win at Amur Khabarovsk did the job. Andrei Stas got the decisive goal on 31:19 – the third time in the game that Dinamo’s powerplay proved successful. Dmitry Lugin pulled one back for Amur on 54:29, but the Belarusians held firm in the Far East.