On the 57th anniversary of the foundation of the club, Salavat Yulaev led Sunday’s scoring with 6-1 romp at home to Dinamo Minsk. Linus Omark had four assists in the jubilee display. Lokomotiv came from 1-3 down to win 5-3 at home to Barys, while Kunlun Red Star returned to the playoff places in the East with a 3-0 success against HC Sochi. Avangard eased to a 4-1 success at Slovan, Viktor Stalberg got his third goal in six games for his new club.
A goal in each period saw Red Star secure a victory that puts the Chinese team back into the playoff places in the Eastern Conference. However, head coach Jussi Tapola was more impressed with the performance of goalie Alexander Lazushin, who made 31 saves for his fourth shut-out of the season.
Tapola reckoned that Lazushin, plus his team’s dogged penalty kill, added up to a scoreline that was more convincing that the performance merited; his opposite number, Ilya Zubov, complained that his team lacked the desire to score.
Red Star got in front midway through the first period when Cory Kane’s shot took a looping deflection and dropped over Dmitry Shikin’s shoulder. Early in the second, Ville Lajunen doubled the lead with a power play effort and Brandon Yip wrapped it up with an empty net goal. Kunlun moves one point ahead of Neftekhimik into eighth place in the East.
It was the anniversary of the establishment of Salavat Yulaev, and the current team delivered the perfect birthday gift with a 6-1 demolition of struggling Dinamo.
Two power play goals got the home team on the way: Anton Burdasov opened the scoring to claim his 100th KHL goal,Joonas Kemppainen doubled the lead. Dinamo responded almost immediately through Andrei Stepanov but the visitor was never able to get back into the game.
Instead, Salavat took it away in the second period with three unanswered goals. Linus Omark assisted on all three to finish the night with four points as Teemu Hartikainen, Zakhar Arzamastsev and Dmitry Kugryshev found the net. A short-handed goal from Maxim Mayorov at the start of the third completed Minsk’s misery.
A resounding finale saw Loko come from behind to defeat Barys in an entertaining game in Yaroslavl.
The home team made a good start and led after the first period after Yegor Averin’s shot deflected into the net off Barys defenseman Kevin Dallman. However, the middle frame saw the visitor hit back with three goals. Valery Orekhov tied it up, again courtesy of a deflection, before Kirill Panyukov and Matthew Frattin gave the visitor a two-goal lead with two strikes in 35 seconds.
Loko recovered. Danil Yurtaikin quickly pulled one back and, in the final frame, the home team took control. Pavel Kraskovsky and Denis Alexeyev restored Lokomotiv’s advantage and Averin wrapped it up with his second of the evening.
Avangard halted a two-game losing streak by taking all the points in Bratislava. Denis Zernov led the way with two goals.
Neither team came into the game in impressive form: Slovan had lost its last three, Avangard went down in three of its last four. That was reflected in a cautious opening frame with few chances at either end. But once Zernov converted a power play midway through the second period, the visitor began to flex its muscles, firing in 18 shots in the middle session. True, Slovan managed to tie the scores when Andrej Meszaros got a PP tally of his own, but David Desharnais quickly restored the visitor’s advantage.
Midway through the final frame, Zernov struck again, needing just seven seconds to punish a Meszaros hit that the officials deemed dangerously high. The outcome was put beyond any doubt in the closing stages when Viktor Stalberg got his third goal in six games since joining Avangard.