Salavat Yulaev’s Finnish contingent did the damage as the Ufa team picked up a handy 3-2 verdict at Jokerit. Teemu Hartikainen scored twice, Joonas Kemppainen created a short-handed goal and Juha Metsola frustrated the host when the pressure piled up in the second period. In Tuesday’s other game, Dynamo Moscow returned to form with a 3-1 win over Severstal.
Teemu Hartikainen enjoyed a successful visit to his homeland with two goals in Salavat Yulaev’s win at Jokerit. His compatriot, goalie Juha Metsola, also produced a big game, including a game-winning save to deny Brian O’Neill in the closing seconds.
Hartikainen’s first came in the eighth minute with a wrister to the top shelf. Then the focus switched to Metsola as Jokerit strove to tie the game. A one-sided middle frame saw the visiting goalie make a big save to stop a Pekka Jormakka breakaway straight from the penalty box. Then he did enough to force Niklas Jensen wide on the doorstep when a golden opportunity presented itself on a Jokerit power play.
The host eventually drew level early in the third thanks to Steve Moses, but failed to build on that. Instead, another Finn, Joonas Kemppainen, was the architect of a breakaway that ended with Maxim Mayorov claiming a short-handed goal to restore the visitor’s lead. Kristain Vesalainen, a lively presence all evening, got the goal his performance deserved to make it 2-2 but with 90 seconds left Hartikainen’s backhander surprised Ryan Zapolski and sent the points to Ufa.
Dynamo bounced back from two losses to shoot down lowly Severstal and return to seventh place in the Western Conference.
The Blue-and-Whites returned to action 24 hours after losing 0-2 to SKA and seemed to be feeling the effects of a busy schedule in a sluggish first period. The visitor was on top in the opening stages but failed to get past Alexander Yeryomenko in the home net.
It took just 38 seconds of the middle frame for Dynamo to punish that wastefulness. Evgeny Mozer opened the scoring, then Swedish forward Patrik Zackrisson doubled the lead with a power play marker in the 33rd minute. Evgeny Bodrov got the visitor back in contention late in the second period but Severstal struggled to fashion clear chances in the third period and was felled by an empty net goal from former Cherepovets favorite Vadim Shipachyov.