Five of the 10 KHL games played Friday went into overtime – and three required shoot-outs. From the goal-fest at Sevestal, where the home team defeated Admiral after a 4-4 tie, to the goalless game in Yaroslavl, where Amur eventually won in a shoot-out, the night just kept going the distance. Meanwhile, Sergei Fedorov’s career is still poised to go into its own overtime – but not quite yet. Although back in training with CSKA, he didn’t make the roster for tonight’s clash with Metallurg.
CSKA wins – without Fedorov
The pre-game build-up was all about Sergei Fedorov, the CSKA and Red Wings legend who had ditched the general manager’s office for the training rink after registering as a player during the week.
In the event, though, Fedorov didn’t feature against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, another of his former clubs, suggesting in an interview published Friday that he was some way short of match fitness. The indications are that he will feature against Neftekhimik on Sunday.
Earlier CSKA’s defensive failings were highlighted again for the Magnitka opener, with Sergei Mozyakin given far too much space in front of goal to score on Rastislav Stana after a Evgeny Biryukov slap-shot got caught in traffic.
Amur steals stormy win
Goalies were on top in Yaroslavl, where Amur beat Lokomotiv in a shoot-out after a 0-0 tie. But Jakub Petruzalek’s eventual winner was overshadowed by two incidents in the second period.
Extras all round
Severstal, Sibir and Slovan picked up victories after 60 minutes. In Cherepovets, the home team trailed four times but still forced a tie with Admiral before Vladimir Antipov won it in the shoot-out. Antipov also scored in regulation; Artyom Ternavsky got two for Admiral.
There was another shoot-out in Bratislava after Slovan and Salavat Yulaev were locked at 1-1. Tomas Netik got the decider, a long time after the teams had traded goals in the opening exchanges. Yegor Dubrovsky (6:11) cancelled out Jonathan Sigalet’s opener, but nobody could beat the goalies after that.
Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the SKA line-up and produced a hat-trick of assists as his team beat Metallurg Novokuznetsk 4-1 in St. Petersburg. It was a strong display from SKA’s special teams, with each of those assists coming on the powerplay. Kevin Dallman, Tony Martensson and Dmitry Kalinin were the beneficiaries of Kovi’s contribution; Alexei Semenov opened the scoring after just two minutes.
Kari Jalonen’s arrival at Lev inspired the Prague team to a thumping 7-2 win over Traktor. The points were widely distributed throughout the team, but Jakub Klepis (1+1) and Jiri Sekac (0+2) led the way to a best-ever win for the Czechs.
Goal-shy Neftekhimik found the target after two blank games, but still could not get a win. The Nizhnekamsk team lost 2-1 at Dinamo Riga despite Mikhail Anisin’s second-period goal. Sandis Ozolins got the game winner on 49:43.