Spartak kept up its good run of form with a shoot-out victory in the Moscow derby against Dynamo. But the result wasn’t quite enough to push the Red-and-Whites into the top eight in the West, after Severstal won at Dinamo Minsk. In the East, Metallurg Magnitogorsk claimed an overtime win at Avtomobilist in the first game following Ilya Vorobyov’s departure. SKA needed a shoot-out to beat Torpedo, despite leading 4-2 in the third period, while Kunlun also saw a big fightback come to nothing at home to Sochi. Amur won at home to Salavat Yulaev, Neftehimik edged Traktor and bottom club Dinamo Riga had a resounding 4-0 win at Lokomotiv.
A third successive victory for Amur helped Andrei Artemyanov’s men improve to seven wins from nine games and keep the pressure on the playoff pack in the Eastern Conference.
This game was a tight battle, but the home team got ahead in the 35th minute with a power play goal from Vyacheslav Litovchenko. His goal came shortly after Amur had successfully killed a major penalty when Dmitry Shvidenko was ejecting for a high stick.
The host extended its lead early in the third when Vladislav Ushenin scored a second power play goal on Ben Scrivens. Grigory Panin got one back to give Salavat Yulaev hope with nine minutes to play, but Bogdan Potekhin found the empty net to wrap up the win for Amur.
Red Star rallied from 0-3 to tie this game, only to lose out to a late goal from Andrei Ivanov.
Sochi made a great start, opening the scoring in the second minute through Casey Wellman. That lead increased in the second period when Alexei Tsvetkov scored on a power play and Eric O’Dell added a third midway through the game.
But the host hit back. Gilbert Brule potted the first just before the intermisison, Brandon DeFazio’s power play strike made it 2-3 early in the third and Lucas Lessio tied the scores in the 49th minute.
However, home delight turned to despair late on as Ivanov converted Pavel Padakin’s feed to take the verdict.
Andrei Chibisov got his first goal in Metallurg colors to give his new team victory in its first game after the departure of Ilya Vorobyov.
Chibisov, a recent arrival from Ak Bars, scored in overtime to snap a 2-2 tie and earn interim head coach Viktor Kozlov a win ahead of the international break.
It was far from plain sailing, though. Avtomobilist took a first-period lead through Evgeny Chesalin before Anton Shenfeld and Denis Kokarev turned the game around the second period. However, Avto refused to give up: Alexander Torchenyuk tied the scores again in the 37th minute and the third session was goalless.
Miks Indrasis inspired Dinamo’s first regulation-time win since August 26 with two goals and an assist.
The Latvians’ last success inside 60 minutes came with a 5-3 verdict at Barys, but today they surprised Lokomotiv with a heavy defeat. Indrasis was the key player in this game, starting with an assist as Guntis Galvins put Dinamo ahead with a power play goal late in the first period. Then he scored his first of the night in the 36th minute before Danny Kristo added a third late in the middle session.
Loko, desperate to get back into the game, controlled much of the third period, but found no way past Janis Kalnins. The goalie finished with 36 saves, and Indrasis wrapped up the scoring with his second of the night off a Kristo assist late in the game.
Neftekhimik came from behind twice to defeat Traktor, with Andrej Nestrasil scoring twice.
Nestrasil started that run and Emil Galimov tied it at 2-2 in the 25th minute. But Maxim Yakutsenya interrupted the home team’s revival to make it 2-3 at the halfway stage. That merely delayed Neftekhimik’s rise: two goals in a minute saw Ilya Arkalov tie the scores again before Nestrasil potted the winner seconds before the second intermission.
Torpedo retrieved a two-goal deficit in the third period, but ultimately fell to SKA in a shoot-out.
The defending champion was looking to bounce back from Thursday’s defeat against Spartak, but allowed Torpedo to take an early lead through Yegor Dugin after 107 seconds. It didn’t take long for SKA to turn it around, though: Jarno Koskiranta tied the scores before Nikita Gusev’s power play goal made it 2-1 in the 10th minute.
Torpedo kept battling, and tied it up at 2-2 in the 31st minute through Yury Sergiyenko, but Vyacheslav Voynov netted either side of the second intermission to put the home team 4-2 in front. For many teams, that would be game over in Petersburg, but not this time. Denis Parshin reduced the deficit and Dugin got his second of the night to make it 4-4 with less than five minutes to play.
The shoot-out went into sudden death before Gusev claimed the winner for SKA.
A hard-fought Moscow derby went to a shoot-out before Spartak maintained its run of seven wins from eight.
Barely a week after the Red-and-Whites won 2-0 against Dynamo, bragging rights were up for grabs once again. And, as last time, Spartak took the lead. Alexander Khokhlachyov opened the scoring on the power play in the 22nd minute when he emerged from behind the net and pinged in a shot that Alexander Yeryomenko saw late and could not reach.
It was starting to look like that might be enough to win the game, but with a couple of minutes left Dynamo levelled through Andrei Kuteikin. This time, Dustin Boyd provided the screen in front of Spartak goalie Nikita Bespalov as the defenseman shot home from a central position.
That pushed the game to a shoot-out, but after Dynamo’s victory in that format on Thursday, the Blue-and-Whites lost out this time. Maxim Trunyov, one of Spartak’s goal heroes in the win at SKA, got the decisive score to keep Spartak close to a playoff place.
A narrow win for Severstal in Belarus moved the team up to sixth in the Western Conference.
Alexander Yevseyenkov gave the visitor the lead in the 15th minute, and for a long time after that the goalies were on top. Julius Hudacek, in the Severstal net, was the busier of the two with the home team enjoying the better of the second period but could not find a way to tie the game.
However, when Dinamo looked to ramp up more pressure in the final stanza, Sergei Monakhov snatched a second goal for the visitor and Jack Skille’s late response wasn’t enough to deny Severstal the win.