Salavat Yulaev’s upturn gained pace with a second successive shut-out win after Ben Scrivens denied his former colleagues at Dinamo Minsk. Neftekhimik closed on Eastern Conference leader Ak Bars with a 2-1 victory in Kazan. Elsewhere, Lokomotiv scored seven on Sibir and Sochi enjoyed a big win over playoff rival Dynamo Moscow.
Ben Scrivens posted his fourth shut-out of the season to deny his former club and add further weight to Salavat Yulaev’s emergent revival.
Scrivens made 19 saves in his team’s 2-0 victory, and helped Ufa make it two shut-out wins in a row following a midweek success at Ak Bars, while Dinamo Minsk’s three-game winning streak came to an end.
The goals came in quick succession as the second period drew towards a close. Linus Omark opened the scoring in the 35th minute, and Gleb Kuzmin got only the second goal of his KHL career to double the lead a couple of minutes later. There was almost a third goal for the home fans to celebrate, but the officials ruled it out after a video review.
Admiral snapped a five-game losing streak thanks to Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev’s 43rd-minute game-winner.
But less than two minutes after Skorokhodov’s equalizer, Admiral got the winner when Kazakh international Krasnoslobodtsev converted a power play chance.
The Tatarstan derby between Ak Bars and Neftekhimik has turned into a top-of-the-table clash this season – and the unheralded visitor took the honors to close the gap on its neighbor to two points.
Oleg Piganovich maintained his fine scoring form, potting the game winner in the 36th minute. That made it four goals in three games for the defenseman. Ildar Shiksatdarov was the architect, turning two Ak Bars D-men inside out before serving up a dish for Piganovich at the far post.
A seven-goal show from Lokomotiv was enough to overpower Sibir in the latter stages of this game.
The early exchanges were evenly-contested, with the teams trading six goals. But after Sibir’s Vladimir Pervushin made it 3-3 in the 26th minute, the Railwaymen romped away with it.
Denis Alexeyev made it 4-3 in the 29th minute, then Brandon Kozun and Max Talbot combined for the second time in the game to create the fifth goal for Pavel Koledov. The third period saw further strikes from Denis Mosalyov and Yegor Averin give Lokomotiv a comfortable final margin.
Sochi came from behind to claim a valuable win in this clash between two teams looking to secure a playoff place.
Vladimir Bryukvin gave Dynamo a good start, grabbing a short-handed goal in the eighth minute for a team looking to make it seven wins from eight games. After that, though, it was all about the host.
Sochi tied the game in the 25th minute when Vadim Shchegolkov converted after Eric O’Dell’s shot. Then Nikita Shchitov put the home team ahead in the 37th minute. It got even better for the Leopards in the final frame, as Shchegolkov got his second of the game and O’Dell found the empty net to complete an emphatic win.