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For the seventh time in a row, CSKA inflicted derby day misery on Moscow rival Spartak. Today’s meeting ended in a 4-0 victory for the Army Men. Moscow’s third team, Dynamo, also had a shut-out win thanks to a solitary Mikhail Varnakov goal at Jokerit. Vladimir Tkachyov’s double lifted Admiral past Kunlun, and Dmitry Kagarlitsky did the same for Severstal at home to Slovan.

Tkachyov double dulls Red Star’s shine

Admiral Vladivostok 4 Kunlun Red Star 2 (2-0, 1-1, 1-1)

Two goals from Vladimir Tkachyov lifted Admiral to victory over Red Star in this clash between two of the Eastern Conference outsiders.

The home team got off to a good start, converting a 5-on-3 power play in the sixth minute. Viktor Alexandrov got that one, and despite an even game in the first period, Admiral doubled its lead thanks to Anton Volchenkov in the 16th minute.

Tkachyov got his first goal 38 seconds into the middle frame, with Alexandrov collecting an assist, but then Kunlun sought to launch a fightback from 0-3 down. Lucas Lessio cut the deficit in the second period and, after Admiral saw a goal ruled out, Taylor Beck scored a cracker to make it 2-3 early in the third. That was as good as it got for the visitor, though, and Tkachyov got his second of the night on the power play to put the issue beyond doubt with two minutes to play.

Late goals give Avangard the verdict

Avangard Omsk 4 Lada Togliatti 2 (1-1, 1-0, 2-1)

Two goals in the last 10 minutes were enough to give Avangard victory – but once again it took goals from defensemen to secure the win.

From Evgeny Medvedev’s eighth-minute opener to Jonas Ahnelov’s power play goal in the closing minutes, three out of Avangard’s four goals came from blue liners. The lack of scoring from forwards in recent games has been a concern for head coach Andrei Skabelka, but he could at least applaud Kirill Semyonov’s efforts to buck that trend. Semyonov got the second goal for the host, reinstating Avangard’s lead after Georgy Belousov tied the scores late in the first period.

Lada drew level once again early in the third thanks to Kirill Kapustin, but as the game entered the final 10 minutes, Avangard drew clear. Maxim Chudinov broke the 2-2 tie off an Ahnelov assist, then the Swede popped up with a power play goal of his own to complete the victory. Despite the win, Skabelka warned that he was ‘unhappy’ with his imports and might make some changes in the near future.

Ugra wilts in the second period

Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk 0 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4 (0-0, 0-4, 0-0)

Ugra’s wretched run continues, and the KHL’s basement team suffered its 11th straight loss as Avtomobilist ran riot in the second period.

The home team held its own in the first period, and the teams went in goalless at the first intermission. But Avto took control soon after. Nikolai Timashov scored on the power play 65 seconds after the restart and even though Pavel Varfolomeyev hit the post for Ugra in reply, there was no way back.

Denis Kulyash made it 2-0 in the 29th minute, assisted by the French-Canadian pair of Francis Pare and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, then penalty trouble sank Ugra. Alexander Torchenyuk added a third and Sergei Kuptsov picked up a 5+game penalty for slashing at the same time, inviting more pressure onto Alexander Sharychenkov’s net. The goalie ended up on the wrong end of a tripping call, and Alexander Kucheryavenko capitalized on the 5-on-3 situation to make it 4-0.

In the final frame, Ugra got plenty of shooting practice, aided by a string of minor penalties against Avto. However, Vladimir Sokhatsky was in good form for the visitor and made 29 saves for his shut-out.

Torpedo halts Vityaz’ revival

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4 Vityaz Moscow Region 1 (2-0, 1-0, 1-1)

The mini-revival from Vityaz came to a crunching halt when the visitor conceded two goals in the seventh minute here and crashed to a heavy defeat.

Sergei Kostitsyn put Torpedo ahead on the power play, then Geoff Kinrade doubled the advantage 34 seconds later to give the home team a comfortable lead. Another power play effort, this time from Mikhail Grigoryev, made it 3-0 in the second period. The final frame saw the teams trade goals: Alexander Nikulin pulled one back for Vityaz, but Evgeny Mozer had the final say.

Torpedo made it back-to-back 4-1 victories, and moves to within four points of fourth-placed Lokomotiv. Vityaz saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Photo: 07.12.17. KHL Championship 2017/18. Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod) - Vityaz (Moscow Region)

Bocharov, Varnakov give Dynamo a tight win

Jokerit Helsinki 0 Dynamo Moscow 1 (0-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Young Dynamo goalie Ivan Bocharov secured his third shut-out of the season with 32 saves to deny Jokerit. The 22-year-old came out on top in his duel with experienced Finn Karri Ramo as the Blue-and-Whites bounced back after losses against Sochi and Salavat Yulaev.

This was an important win for the Muscovites, opening up a small gap between Dynamo and the group of clubs chasing a playoff place. But it was a hard-fought game, settled by a solitary goal in the 56th minute. Mikhail Varnakov was the scorer, stealing the puck in his own end and racing down the ice before exchanging passes with Daniil Tarasov and beating Ramo.

Kagarlitsky’s double saves Severstal

Severstal Cherepovets 5 Slovan Bratislava 3 (1-2, 1-1, 3-0)

Severstal stayed in touch with the playoff contenders thanks to a third-period recovery against struggling Slovan.

The visitor belied its lowly league position to jump into a 3-1 lead at the midway stage. Goals from Tomas Hrnka, Juraj Mikus and Marek Viedensky set up a commanding position, with Maxim Rybin getting the solitary home response.

But Dmitry Kagarlitsky is Severstal’s go-to guy in a crisis, and he came up with the big plays once again to haul his team level. Kagarlitsky scored twice, one short-handed, the other on the power play, and tied the game at 3-3 in the 54th minute. Alexander Bumagin converted another PP for the game-winner before Rybin wrapped it up with an empty-netter.

Photo: 07.12.17. KHL Championship 2017/18. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Slovan (Bratislava)

CSKA powers to derby win

Spartak Moscow 0 CSKA Moscow 4 (0-0, 0-3, 0-1)

CSKA won this Moscow derby for the seventh time in a row, and its performance on the night was as dominant at that recent record suggests.

The Army Men was on top from the start, and the only surprise in the first period was that CSKA could not find the opening goal as it pressed on Nikita Bespalov’s net. But after the intermission there was no hiding place. Mat Robinson made it 1-0 in the 23rd minute, CSKA killed a penalty right afterwards, and the game was out of Spartak’s reach when Valery Nichushkin and Sergei Shumakov scored two goals in 90 seconds just after the half-hour mark. In-form Shumakov potted his third goal in four games, and once again there was a touch of class about this one as Spartak’s defense was carved opening by CSKA’s swift interplay.

In the third period, Spartak was unable to make much impression on the visiting defense. Artyom Blazhiyevsky added a fourth late on as CSKA marched to its 12th consecutive win.

Photo: 07.12.17. KHL Championship 2017/18. Spartak (Moscow) - CSKA (Moscow)

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