Ilya Kovalchuk scored three as SKA thumped Kunlun Red Star 8-1 in Shanghai. Spartak continued its winning streak and moved into a playoff place with a 2-0 success at home to Traktor. That pushed Dynamo down to ninth in the West despite a shoot-out verdict at Amur. Metallurg Magnitogorsk shrugged off the loss of injured forward Sergei Mozyakin to win 1-0 at Severstal, Admiral hammered Dinamo Minsk 5-0 and Torpedo shot down Lada 3-1.
Admiral grabbed two goals in the first three minutes to give Dinamo a sinking feeling on the Pacific coast.
Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev opened the scoring after 18 seconds before Tigran Manukyan got his first career KHL goal two minutes later. Dinamo knuckled down and avoided any further damage in the opening frame, even exerting some pressure on home goalie Ivan Nalimov. But Pavel Makarenko added a third in the 25th minute to leave the visitor with too much to do.
The final session saw Damir Zhafyarov add two more goals to make it 5-0. Nalimov finished with 40 saves for his shut-out.
Dynamo completed a third win of this Far East tour, despite allowing a tying goal with jut four seconds left in regulation time.
After two goalless periods, young Alexander Petunin got his second career KHL goal to give Dynamo the lead after 46 minutes. It looked like that would be enough to win it until Bogdan Potekhin snatched a dramatic leveller on 59:56.
SKA powered past Red Star, posting an emphatic verdict in Shanghai to leave Mike Keenan’s team on a run of just two wins in 15.
The middle session saw Brandon Yip get Red Star back into contention in the 22nd minute, but that merely provoked a backlash for the visitor. Ilya Kovalchuk made it 3-1, Nikita Gusev added a fourth barely a minute later and Kovi got his second before the intermission.
After a run of four losses in five, Torpedo bounced back to shoot down Lada.
Yegor Dugin settled any early nerves with a fourth-minute goal for the host, then the teams traded second-period goals through Semyon Valuisky and Sergei Kostitsyn. That was Kostitsyn’s first goal since his summer move from Dinamo Minsk.
Denis Parshin added a third in the final frame, wrapping up a morale-boosting victory for Peteris Skudra’s men.
Vasily Koshechkin made it two shut-outs in three days to give Magnitka victory at Severstal.
This clash of the Steelmen tested the visitor’s mettle, with Koshechkin dealing with 39 shots on his net as Severstal looked to strengthen its position in the playoff places in the West.
But the home team was unable to find the net, and paid the price when Andrei Chibisov got the only goal of the game five minutes from the end. Chibisov, recruited from Ak Bars as Magnitogorsk looked to improve on a sluggish start to the season, poached his third for his new club; Metallurg goes four points clear of Salavat Yulaev.
In-form Spartak made it 10 wins from 11 games and edged into the top eight in the Western Conference after blanking Traktor.
It took Ben Maxwell just 35 seconds to put the Red-and-Whites ahead, but the real strength of Spartak’s play came on defense. The home team allowed a miserly 14 shots on Nikita Bespalov’s net, helping the goalie to his fourth shut-out of the season.
At the other end, Vasily Demchenko was rather busier as Spartak looked to extend its advantage. But it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that Lukas Radil made the game safe with his eighth goal of the season.