Jokerit loses out to Avangard, Minsk keeps up its winning run. September 2929 September 2020, 23:00
Kirill Kaprizov rattled up his 100th KHL point with a goal and two assists as CSKA thumped Metallurg 7-2 in Magnitogorsk. He wasn’t the only forward with something to celebrate – Shane Harper, recently signed by Lada, got his first KHL goals to help his team to a 5-1 win over Slovan, and Nigel Dawes returned to the Barys team with two goals in a 4-3 success over Admiral. Ugra and Traktor had shoot-out successes against Amur and Kunlun Red Star respectively.
Ugra shook off a third-period fightback to edge past in-form Amur in a shoot-out.
The visitor was seeking to extend a four-game winning run, but fell behind to a Tobias Viklund power play goal early on. Ugra increased its advantage in the middle frame through Daniil Ilyin, but Amur hit back with two goals in two minutes midway through the third.
The first of them was a family affair: Vyacheslav Ushenin with the assist, twin brother Vladislav with the goal. Then came Alexei Byvaltsev, Amur’s scoring leader, to tie it up. But neither of those two could repeat the trick in the shoot-out, and successful attempts from Pavel Shen and Maxim Pestushko gave Ugra the verdict.
A home game for Kunlun, played in Chelyabinsk, ended in Traktor collecting a road win in its own building.
Complications around the availability of Red Star’s rink in Shanghai forced this game to be rescheduled and relocated, and Traktor ultimately benefited from the revised circumstances.
It wasn’t an easy win for ‘host’, though: after Alexander Rybakov put Traktor in front, Red Star responded with quick goals from Wojtek Wolski and Alexei Ponikarovsky to lead at the first intermission. Vitaly Kravtsov tied it up in the second, cashing in on a goalie error, and it stayed 2-2 until the end of overtime.
In the shoot-out, both Rybakov and Kravtsov found the net again, but it was Nick Bailen’s goal that proved decisive as Traktor prevailed.
This re-run of the 2016 Gagarin Cup final proved to be as one-sided as many expected the silverware showdown to be two years ago. An inspired CSKA brushed aside Metallurg with impressive ease, while Kirill Kaprizov potted the 100th point of his KHL career.
The 20-year-old began his 156th appearance on 98 points, and reached his century in the eighth minute when he scored the 3-1 goal. Earlier he’d assisted as Greg Scott put CSKA 2-0 in front on 3:23: that, plus Kirill Petrov’s early opener was enough to chase Vasily Koshechkin from the home net.
Nikita Pivtsakin managed a goal against his former club to give Magnitka some hope of making a game of this one, but Kaprizov took his tally to 101 with a helper as Maxim Shalunov made it 4-1 in the 13th minute, and the outcome was already pretty clear.
There were more landmark moments to come for the visitor: Alexei Marchenko and Nikita Nesterov both got their first goals of the season, two D-men back from the NHL this season having an impact for their new club. Valery Nichushkin was CSKA’s other scorer, Evgeny Timkin got Metallurg’s second.
Barys captain Nigel Dawes returned from injury, and duly scored two goals to lead his team to victory over Admiral.
Dawes, out of action since October 6, opened the scoring in the seventh minute, only for James Wright to tie the game almost immediately with a power play effort. But the second period was much more satisfying for the home team, with three unanswered goals. Dmitry Shevchenko and Talgat Zhailauov stretched the lead to 3-1 before Dawes scored on the power play in the 39thminute.
Recent signing Shane Harper got his first two goals for Lada to lead the Motormen to a comfortable win over Slovan.
Harper, 28, opened the scoring in the fourth minute and made it 2-0 in the 12th. The California-born forward appeared for the Florida Panthers in last season’s NHL, but came to Russia and made his KHL debut against Jokerit on October 12. His goals here, his first in the KHL, were enough to secure victory for his team.
That wasn’t the end of the story, though. Igor Skorokhodov added a third midway through the game before Michal Repik gave Slovan hope of a fightback during a spell of four-on-four play early in the final stanza. Those hopes were quickly snuffed out: Denis Zernov and Kirill Kapustin added further home goals to wrap up a good victory.