Dynamo Moscow 4
Dinamo Minsk 0
These teams did not come close to matching the 2015 attendance record in the KHL that they set when they met in Minsk on Saturday. But for the Muscovite branch of the Dynamo family this was a far more comfortable affair as the team cruised to a 4-0 victory with plenty to spare.
The first period was fairly even – and short on clear chances – until Denis Kokarev put Dynamo up on the power play after 15 minutes.
That changed the pattern of play, with the home side taking control in the second session. Martins Karsums and Vladimir Bryukvin struck either side of a second marker from Kokarev to put the outcome beyond much doubt.
The third period produced no further goals as Alexander Yeryomenko finished with 20 saves and a shut-out.
Sibir strengthens grip on Eastern summit
Amur Khabarovsk 1
Sibir Novosibirsk 2 (SO)
Two wins in two days at Amur reversed Sibir’s mini slump following the international break and put the Siberians out in front in the East.
But unlike yesterday’s serene 3-0 win, Friday’s clash was a hard-fought battle and Sibir’s success owed much to goalie Nikita Bespalov. He made 31 saves in the game and two more in the shoot-out as first-choice stopper Alexander Salak took a well-earned breather following yesterday’s shut-out.
Sibir took the lead in the first period. Tomas Vincour, scorer of the third goal on Thursday, found the net once again. But this would be no runaway win: the Ushenin brothers combined on the power play with Vyacheslav helping Vladislav pot the equalizer midway through the second period.
Neither team could break the deadlock until that shoot-out, when Vincour and Konstantin Okulov beat Juha Metsola while Bespalov denied both the Ushenins to take the points.
Around the league
Vityaz and Torpedo traded six goals before Vladimir Galuzin gave Torpedo the points in a shoot-out. Galuzin and Yury Sergienko twice put Torpedo ahead in the first period but Vityaz rallied to lead 3-2 on a Nikita Vyglazov goal in the second. Kaspars Daugavins levelled it up.
Maxim Yakutseniya’s shoot-out winner gave Traktor the edge over Neftekhimik after a 1-1 tie. Vyacheslav Osnovin put the Chelyabinsk team ahead in the first period but Jeff Taffe tied it up for Neftekhimik in the second.
Admiral made it back-to-back wins over Metallurg Novokuznetsk with a 2-0 success. Alexander Kuznetsov and Artyom Podshendyakov got the goals; Ivan Nalimov made 16 saves.