Two goals from Pavel Datsyuk – his first of the season – led SKA to a crushing win at Spartak. In Podolsk, a double from Maxim Chudinov set the seal on an equally convincing Avangard victory. And, fitting in with the day’s general theme, Andrei Sergeyev scored twice in Neftekhimik’s success at Lokomotiv.
Two goals from Andrei Sergeyev led Neftekhimik to victory in Yaroslavl. The two teams came into the game with similar records – one win in the previous four games. Not surprisingly, then, the opening exchanges were even but the visitor took control in the latter half of the encounter.
Lokomotiv gave 18-year-old goalie Daniil Isayev his debut, and the teenager was beaten in the ninth minute by Juuso Puustinen as Neftekhimik took the lead. But there was little between the teams and the host tied it up thanks to a power play goal from Andrei Loktionov.
A second power play early in the middle frame saw Loko go 2-1 up thanks to Petri Kontiola’s redirect on a Brandon Kozun shot. However, Sergeyev’s first of the evening tied it up just before the midway point and subsequently Neftekhimik managed to assume control. Pavel Kulikov stuffed one in from close range late in the second period and Sergeyev’s point’s shot wrapped up the win in the third.
Avangard wore down some early resistance at Vityaz and recorded a convincing victory to remain hard on the heels of leader Avtomobilist.
The first period was goalless, but that was largely due to the excellence of Alexander Samonov in the home net and the resilience of a home D that blocked 11 shots. Avangard dominated everything except the scoring in the opening exchanges and duly put that right in the second period.
Denis Zernov broke the deadlock in the 26th minute and three minutes later Ilya Mikheyev made it 2-0. Kirill Semyonov added a third late in the middle frame, effectively extinguishing any hopes of a comeback from Vityaz.
Maxim Chudinov contributed two further goals in the third period, adding to his assist on Semyonov’s marker, and Yegor Martynov scored late on as Avangard cruised to a 6-0 success. There was still time for some fighting in the closing seconds, resulting in penalties for Artyom Manukyan and Mikhail Fisenko of Avangard, and Yegor Voronkov, Danila Moiseyev. The home team’s Ilya Shinkevich was identified as the aggressor in the second skirmish and ejected from the game.
Pavel Datsyuk scored his first goals of the season as SKA put Spartak to the sword in Moscow. The Magic Man had previously conjured 11 assists in nine games, but waited until the 11th minute of this one before finding the net himself.
The opening goal came on the power play. Julius Hudacek stumbled behind his own net and, despite recovering position quickly, could only watch as Nail Yakupov, Patrik Hersley and Nikita Gusev fired passes around the home zone before Datsyuk finished it off from a tight angle. Spartak’s Alexander Osipov was penalized for holding in the build-up to the goal, and SKA immediately added a second power play marker through Alexander Dergachyov.
Vladislav Gavrikov added a third in the middle stanza but Spartak was more competitive, even if it was unable to seriously trouble Igor Shestyorkin in the visitor’s net. The third period saw Jarno Koskiranta score his second in successive appearances before Datsyuk got his second. Gusev’s telling pass picked out the forward on the goal line and Datsyuk wasted no time in going straight for goal and outwitting Nikita Bespalov in the home net. There was still time for Alexei Kruchinin to add a sixth as SKA shrugged off its shoot-out loss to Avangard and got straight back to winning ways.