The Kovi show

8 October 2012, 23:55

Ilya Kovalchuk maintained his record of getting at least one point in every KHL appearance for SKA – and produced his best performance yet to score a hat-trick in his team’s 4-2 comeback win at CSKA. At first it had seemed that Pavel Datsyuk was on course to win the battle of the star names at Moscow’s Megasport Arena: the Detroit Red Wing posted 1+1 as he and Mikko Maenpaa put the hosts 2-0 in front, with Kovalchuk and colleagues unable to escape the shackles of a solid defensive display.

But ultimately the combination of Kovalchuk and his young pretender Vladimir Tarasenko proved irresistible: Kovi struck twice to tie it up by 41:18, then Kevin Dallman got the game-winner from a Tarasenko assist. On 53:01 Kovalchuk got his third goal, with Tarasenko completing a hat-trick of assists on the same play. It was a disappointing day, however, for Ilya Bryzgalov: in only his second appearance for CSKA he again conceded four times and found himself on the losing side.

Sandis sinks Yugra
Sandis Ozolins picked up his first points since joining Atlant, posting 1+2 as the Moscow Region side saw off Yugra Khanty-Mansisyk 4-2. The veteran Latvian international opened the scoring on 2:16, and had a hand in further goals for Nikolai Lemtyugov and Nikolai Zherdev as the home side opened up a 4-1 lead by the second interval. The result ended a mini-revival which had seen Yugra pick up two successive wins, and also snapped Atlant’s three-game losing streak.

Barys battered in Yaroslavl
Lokomotiv turned on the style early in the second period to set up a 4-2 win over Barys Astana. Three goals in quick succession put the home side in total control between Alexei Kalyuzhny’s opener on 23:05 and Mark Flood’s game-winner on 31:27. Barys found two late powerplay goals, with in-form Nigel Dawes on the mark again, but there was no way back for the Kazakh team.

Sibir tops the table
Unfancied Sibir Novosibirsk climbed to the top of the KHL table with a hard-fought 2-1 win over previous leader Traktor Chelyabinsk. The Siberian side recovered from Anton Glinkin’s 4th-minute opener to level it up straight away thanks to Stepan Sannikov’s third goal in three games. Alexander Kutuzov got the game-winner as early as the 11th minute while Jeff Glass made 28 saves to earn Sibir’s win.

Thornberg, Makarov star for Torpedo
A hat-trick for Dmitry Makarov and two goals and three assists for Martin Thornberg, Torpedo raced to a 7-3 win over Avangard. The Nizhny Novgorod side, which completed the signing of Anton Volchenkov over the weekend, ran away with the game in the final period, with Thornberg scoring twice as Torpedo outscored the opposition 4-1. Makarov had dominated the earlier exchanges, getting the home side’s first two goals before completing his treble late on – with a Thornberg assist.

Around the league
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg earned a shoot-out victory at Metallurg Novokuznetsk thanks to Fyodor Malykhin. Earlier Avto had seen Metallurg recover from 0-2 to tie the game before Anton Lazarev missed a penalty shot on 58:31 which would have handed the hosts victory.

Evgeny Malkin got his second of the season and Sergei Gonchar posted 1+1 as Metallurg Magnitogorsk eased to a 3-0 win at Amur Khabarovsk. Georgy Gelashvili made 34 saves.

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