Kunlun Red Star 5 Barys Astana 1
The KHL finally came back to Beijing as Kunlun Red Star staged its second game in the Chinese capital – and Vladimir Yurzinov’s men returned to the LeSport Center with a bang and a comfortable win over Barys.
The 5-1 margin was the newcomer’s biggest victory to date in the KHL, and it earned a valuable three points against one of its closest rivals for a playoff spot.
Going into the game, just three point separated these two teams, with Barys hoping to draw level with its opponent and return to the top eight. But Kunlun’s composure in front of goal made the difference. From the moment Joonas Jarvinen opened the scoring on four minutes it was clear that the home team could rely on some clinical finishing – and that proved decisive. Red Star managed just 17 shots on Henrik Karlsson’s net, but scored with five of them to record an impressive 29.4% ration of goals to shots.
Tomas Marcinko led the scoring with two goals, including a short-handed effort to make it 4-0 early in the third. Linus Videll had a goal and an assist, Sean Collins scored the third goal and Tommi Taimi posted two assists. Nigel Dawes managed the lone reply for Barys midway through final stanza.
Red Star remains in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, but now enjoys a six-point cushion over ninth-placed Barys. And, with this successful return to its home city, the team remains unbeaten in Beijing after winning its previous game here 6-3 against Admiral on September 5.