Ilya Kovalchuk got his first goal of the season to help SKA to a 5-1 win at Yugra. Kovi’s strike came midway through the game when he made an interception on the blue line and exchanged passes with Vadim Shipachyov before scoring on Mikhail Biryukov from the left-hand circle. Patrick Thoresеn (1+1) and Tony Martensson (0+2) led the scoring as SKA made it three wins – and 16 goals – from three.
Dynamo marches on
The defending champion continued its impressive start to the season with a 4-1 win at home to Salavat Yulaev. As in two of its earlier games, Dynamo Moscow conceded a first period goal only to roar back for a convincing win. This time it was Denis Mosalyov who cancelled out Teemu Hartikainen’s opener. Head coach Oleg Znarok rotated his forwards going into the game, and two newcomers combined for the go-ahead goal at the end of the first period – Alexei Sopin pouncing on the rebound from Maxim Karpov’s shot. Mosalyov then had a hand in a well-worked third goal, scored by young D-man Andrei Mironov but Martins Karsums wrapped things up with his first goal for the club.
Great stuff for Grigorenko
Igor Grigorenko paved the way for CSKA’s 4-1 win at Donbass with two goals. He twice combined with Alexander Radulov to turn the game in the Moscow side’s favor after Lukas Kaspar had given the host an early lead. Summer signing Brandon Reid got his first goal in CSKA colors in the third before Yakov Rylov’s empty-netter completed the scoring and gave CSKA a first regulation success of the campaign.
Second shoot-out success
For the second time in three days Ak Bars needed a shoot-out to secure a home victory. This time Traktor was the victim, following a 2-2 tie. The home side might have won it in regulation had it made more of its dominance in the second period, but despite out-shooting Traktor 19-4, Ak Bars had to wipe out Andrei Kostitsyn’s goal to sneak a 2-1 lead at the second interval thanks to Alexander Burmistrov’s first of the season. Andrei Popov leveled it in the third, but Shaun Heshka settled the shoot-out in the Kazan side’s favor.
Spartak concedes at last
After 153 minutes of hockey, Spartak finally conceded a goal – and went on to lose 3-1 at home to Dinamo Riga. Paul Szczechura finally ended Jeff Glass’s resistance, neatly converting a pass from Miks Indrasis to tie the game. Indrasis went on to get the game winner early in the third, with Szczechura sitting out a misconduct penalty after a fight which spilled into the interval, as Dinamo made it three wins from three.
Around the league
Big-scoring Barys left it late before ensuring Lokomotiv’s miserable start continued. The Kazakh side trailed 2-3 going into the final five minutes, but two goals in a minute from Konstantin Rudenko and Nigel Dawes turned the game around and put Barys on course for a 5-3 win.
Avangard let slip a 3-0 lead over Severstal before Alexei Badyukov won it for the Omsk side in the shoot-out. Goalie Teemu Lassila saved all three attempts from the visitors, while Badyukov scored on Jakub Stepanek to give Avangard two points.
Anton Lazarev’s successful attempt handed Avtomobilist a shoot-out victory following a 2-2 tie with Atlant. The Moscow Region side picked up its first point of the season, but is still yet to win a game; Avto went one better than its shoot-out defeat against Severstal in game one.
Neftekhimik fired blanks for the second game in succession, going down 0-1 at Vityaz. Vyacheslav Solodukhin got the only goal on 1:57; Ivan Lisutin made 38 saves to preserve that slender advantage to the end.