Goal: 1-0 Werek (Miller 28:01)
Goalies: Smith – Karlsson
Smith, whose NHL career was limited to just 10 appearances for the Avalanche, made 30 stops to frustrate the Kazakh. The pick of the bunch came late in the game when he quickly recovered his position to slide a pad behind Iiro Pakarinen’s shot after the Finn had been left wide open in the left-hand circle.
That stop ensured that Werek’s goal, fired home from a tight angle after exchanging passes with KHL debutant Andrew Miller midway through the second period, was enough for the Dragons to take the points. Kunlun improves to two wins from three in Shenzhen, where more than 6,000 fans came to see the game.
Goals: 0-1 Popov (Kruchinin, Karpukhin 35:59 PP); 0-2 Sedlak (Hyka, Tereshchenko 48:05); 1-2 Vasilyev (Kuznetsov 58:40)
Goalies: Langhamer – Fedotov
This game was the second meeting of the teams in 24 hours and it produced a repeat scoreline. The only difference was that on Sunday, Traktor did not need overtime to inflict another 2-1 defeat on Amur.
After a goalless first period, the opener came late in the second stanza. And, like yesterday’s game, it was a power play goal from Traktor that broke the deadlock. This time Andrei Popov found the target to register his first goal since rejoining his hometown team. Lukas Sedlak extended that lead with a breakaway goal in the third and Valery Vasilyev’s late goal for the host was nothing more than a consolation effort. Traktor leaves Khabarovsk with four points and moves on to Vladivostok for the next leg of its Far East tour; Amur is still seeking its first win of the season.
Goals: 1-0 Beck (Chudinov (14:42); 1-1 Schroeder (Szczechura 19:52 PP); 1-2 Bocharov (Varnakov, Alyayev 26:52 PP); 2-2 Semyonov (Pokka, Shirokov 33:15); 3-2 Shumakov (Martynov, Andrighetto 37:38 PP)
Goalies: Bobkov – Lindbak
Sergei Shumakov got his 100th KHL goal as Avangard picked up a battling win over Torpedo. The forward, who previously played for Sibir and CSKA before joining the Hawks partway through last season, reached the milestone late in the second period when he put his team 3-2 in front.
Shumakov struck on the power play, stuffing the puck home at the back door after Sven Andrighetto drew a sprawling stop from Anders Lindbak in the Torpedo net. The goal proved to be a game breaker, lifting Avangard back into the lead after home team trailed 1-2 following power play goals from Jordan Schroeder and Stanislav Bocharov either side of the first intermission.
Early in the third period, Avangard extended its lead. Sergei Shirokov was the scorer of the fourth goal, awarded after a video review determined that there was no kicking motion. From that point on, the home team shut down the game effectively and the closing stages brought few chances at either end. Avangard’s third win of the season sees it join Avtomobilist on six points at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Motormen, however, have played one game fewer.
Goals: 0-1 Pavlovich (7:14); 0-2 Pulkkinen (Martynov, Gotovets 8:03); 1-2 Rylov (Karsums 9:06); 2-2 Hersley (Zubov, Hanzl 12:07 PP); 3-2 Yunkov (Leshchenko 17:23); 4-2 Karsums (23:30); 4-3 Kostitsyn (Pare, Gotovets 24:31); 4-4 Elliott (Demkov 30:59); 4-5 Stefanovich (Elliott, Pare 57:45 PP)
Goalies: Bespalov (Khomchenko 30:59) – Osipkov
Dinamo Minsk got its first victory of the season in dramatic fashion, with a late goal from Mikhail Stefanovich winning a nine-goal thriller in Moscow. The 29-year-old forward has played the bulk of his career in the Belarusian championship, most recently with Yunost Minsk, but returned to Dinamo this season to resume a KHL career that tailed off in 2011. His game-winner was his first in the league since he scored in a playoff defeat against Lokomotiv in February 2011.
Before that, though, both teams played a full part in a wild encounter that swayed this way and that. Dinamo, beaten in its first three games, made a fine start and jumped to a 2-0 lead in just eight minutes thanks to Alexander Pavlovich and Teemu Pulkkinen. Spartak responded immediately, led at the first intermission and enjoyed a two-goal advantage of its own early in the middle frame when Martins Karsums made it 4-2.
Minsk wasn’t done. Andrei Kostitsyn reduced the deficit and Stefan Elliott tied the game at the midway stage, prompting Oleg Znarok to replace starting goalie Nikita Bespalov with 24-year-old rookie Pavel Khomchenko. Maybe that was the catalyst for a change in the game: after sharing eight goals in 31 minutes, the teams failed to score again until Stefanovich’s late blast. Karsums, though, went close twice on the breakaway in the third period, hitting the post on one occasion and forcing a save from Alexander Osipkov. The Latvian forward’s frustration was obvious at the time; after Dinamo snatched the win, his angst only intensified.