K stood for knock-out in Monday’s games as Kirill Kaprizov and Andrei Kostitsyn landed heavy blows on the opposition. Both hit hat-tricks, with Kaprizov’s treble helping CSKA cruise to a 4-0 win over Slovan after Kostitsyn salvaged a 3-3 tie for Dinamo Minsk at Amur on the way to a shoot-out win. Severstal drops to the foot of the Western Conference after defeat at home to Severstal, Admiral remains bottom of the KHL after Spartak sent the Sailors to an eighth successive loss.
Artyom Fyodorov celebrated his move to Spartak with a debut goal as the Red-and-Whites condemned Admiral to an eighth successive loss.
Fyodorov, who arrived from Salavat Yulaev in a deal that sent Nikita Filatov to Ufa, wrapped up the scoring in this one with a 54th-minute goal to secure the points for the visitor. Earlier, Spartak jumped to a 2-0 lead with goals either side of the first intermission. Anatoly Nikontsev opened the scoring during the first power play of the game and Martins Karsums doubled the lead early in the second frame.
Despite having sunk to the foot of the Eastern Conference, Admiral hit back. Alexander Mereskin reduced the arrears late in the middle session and Alexander Ugolnikov tied it up seconds in the final stanza. Spartak, though, would not be denied. Kaspars Daugavins potted the game winner in the 47th minute before Fyodorov sealed the deal.
A dramatic finish in Khabarovsk saw Dinamo take the points thanks to Evgeny Kovyrshin’s shoot-out winner – but either team could have snatched victory in the closing seconds of regulation.
The teams were locked at 2-2 when Artyom Zhelezkov thought he’d given Amur a winning position. An extended video review showed otherwise: the net was off its moorings before the home forward hit the target. Nothing daunted, Amur kept pressing and, with 27 seconds left on the clock, Igor Rudenkov got the 3-2 goal. Game over? Not likely! The lead lasted just 13 seconds before Andrei Kostitsyn completed his hat-trick and forced the game into overtime. Dinamo then killed a penalty in the extras before Kovyrshin’s winner.
Score four goals, win the game. For every other team on Monday, that was true. For Severstal, though, the formula failed. Sochi snatched a shoot-out win after a 4-4 tie in regulation. Making matters worse, the Cherepovets team fell to the bottom of the Western Conference after Dinamo Minsk’s victory in Khabarovsk.
Severstal was barely a minute away from victory. But, on 58:48 Jyrki Jokipakka scored to tie the game. Stanislav Bocharov got an assist on that goal and went on to grab the shoot-out winner; he’s been among the points in four of the last five games and Sochi has won all four of them.
Earlier in the game the lead changed hands repeatedly but neither team could consolidate its advantage. Sochi’s Sergei Shmelyov impressed with two goals, Igor Geraskin and Daniil Vovchenko had 1+1 for Severstal.
Avangard bounced back from last week’s 0-4 loss at home to Dynamo Moscow and made it five wins from six with a solid performance in Nizhny Novgorod.
The decisive action came in the third period, with the teams tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes. Sergei Shirokov broke the tie early in the final frame before Andrei Stas gave Avangard a two-goal cushion. Torpedo responded through Mikhail Orlov and pushed hard for an equalizer, but Kirill Petrov’s empty-netter clinched the win for the visitor.
In the first period, the teams traded goals. Nikita Pivtsakin put Avangard ahead, with Viktor Stalberg among the assists. Youngster Mikhail Smolin tied the scores 10 seconds before the intermission but his first goal of the season could not inspire a Torpedo win.
The teams last met in Vienna during the KHL World Games and on that occasion CSKA blew Slovan away in the first period. Here, things were much tighter: the teams shared 13 shots in the opening frame and it wasn’t until a 17th-minute power play that CSKA took the lead. Kaprizov got the goal, Grigorenko had an assist and the pattern for the game was established.
Another home PP early in the second period saw Grigorenko play provider once again, with Greg Scott the beneficiary as CSKA made it 2-0. Then, in the final minute of the session, the Grigorenko-Kaprizov combination paid off again for the first equal-strength goal of the night. Another power play in the third brought another goal and – no prizes for guessing – it was a combination of Scott, Grigorenko and Kaprizov that secured the win for CSKA. Lars Johansson’s 18 saves secured his sixth shut-out of the season.