Thursday’s nine KHL games produced 63 goals – and the highest penalty count of any game this season. Barys and Traktor shared 10 goals, while there were nine scores in the games in the Far East, as well as 153 minutes of penalties as Amur and Torpedo slugged it out at the end of the visitor’s 7-2 win.
The Canadian masterminded Loko’s shock play-off win over the Blue-and-Whites last season and after replacing Sean Simpson during the week he got off to a perfect start with a 4-2 win against the same opposition.
Lokomotiv took the lead midway through the first period as Emil Galimov touched Ilya Lyubushkin’s slap shot past Alexander Yeryomenko. Jonas Holos doubled that advantage early in the second before Nikolai Zherdev halved the deficit with a penalty shot.
That couldn’t start a Moscow revival though; Loko scored two more inside three minutes through Yegor Averin and ex-Dynamo man Sergei Konkov. The visitors switched goalies, putting Alexander Sharychenkov on the ice to stem the flow of goals. That achieved limited success: Dynamo looked more stable and permitted Loko just two shots on goal in the final session, but could not find the offense to add to Konstantin Gorovikov’s consolation effort.
Table-topping Metallurg Magnitogorsk went to bottom club Lada and suffered an unexpected 3-2 reverse after two goals early in the second period put the Togliatti team in control. Semyon Valuisky and Alexei Mastryukov scored them and ensured that two more goals for Sergei Mozyakin couldn’t save Magnitka from a rare reverse.
Avangard went down 3-2 at Ugra after hotshot Sergei Shirokov was limited to a single assist. All the scoring came in the second period, with Ugra twice losing a the lead before Lukas Kaspar’s game-winner seconds before the intermission. His sixth goal of the season was worthy of winning the game – spotting the smallest of gaps he surged past three opponents before scoring on Denis Kostin with a backhand.
Torpedo powered to a 7-2 victory but the game was overshadowed by three big fights in the third period. The first flashpoint came when Mikhail Zheleznov leapt into a high, late check on Sakari Salminen, sparking a brawl with Wojtek Wolski. The second, bigger ruckus came five seconds from the hooter after Denis Kazionov’s big hit on Kirill Safronov provoked a melee that saw further fisticuffs from Torpedo’s Vladimir Malevich and Nikita Dvurechensky, and Mikhail Fisenko and Marcel Hascak of Amur. Finally Alexander Makarov was expelled in the last second after tangling with Rastislav Spirko.
The game was competitive until the midway point, but after Salminen put Torpedo 3-2 up Amur’s resistance faded. The Khabarovsk team has now picked up just two points from its last 10 games.
Radulov’s first came a couple of minutes later and there was a special moment for young forward Damir Zhafyarov as he scored his first CSKA goal against his former club.
Kuznya got a first-period goal from Alexander Komaristy but never seriously challenged the Army Men; Radulov added an assist to his two goals to continue his strong start to the season.
Ak Bars quelled a fightback to win 5-3 at Avtomobilist, but only after letting slip a 0-3 lead. Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice and had an assist on Justin Azevedo’s third-period goal but Avto ruffled some feathers when Alexander Bumagin hauled his team back to 3-3 early in the final session.