Goals: 0-1 Liska (Monakhov 4:21); 1-1 Ozhiganov (Frattin 17:47); 2-1 Galimov (Yarullin, Petrov 22:16); 3-1 Cormier (Azevedo, Wikstrand 30:50 PP); 3-2 Vovchenko (Kodola, Khokhlov 46:04); 4-2 Galiyev (Tkachyov 48:46 SH); 4-3 Kudako (Vovchenko, Geraskin 56:36)
Goalies: Reideborn – Khakimov
Ak Bars recovered from an early surprise to post its fourth successive victory of the season. Monday’s win over Severstal continues the team’s bright start under Dmitry Kvartalnov after losing the opening game against CSKA.
However, Severstal proved a tenacious opponent. The visitor took a shock lead in the fourth minute through Slovak youngster Adam Liska. The 19-year-old moved to Cherepovets after Slovan Bratislava left the KHL and so far this season that decision seems to be paying off. The youngster, who made his World Championship debut last May, is clocking over 16 minutes a night. He got his second of the season when he fired home after Sergei Monakhov led an odd-man rush.
After going behind, Ak Bars responded by piling the pressure on the visitor’s net. The reward came late in the opening frame when Igor Ozhiganov tied the game. He found space on the right-hand dot and swept home Matt Frattin’s dish.
The second period saw Ak Bars take control of the game with goals from Artyom Galimov and Patrice Cormier; fit again defenseman Albert Yarullin got his first point of the season with an assist on Galimov’s strike. But Severstal refused to lie down, and made things tight in the third.
Daniil Vovchenko made it a one-goal game early in the final session before Stanislav Galiyev poached a short-handed goal to restore Kazan’s cushion. However, when Vadim Kudako got a third for Severstal with three-and-a-half minutes left to play, the stage was set for a grandstand finish. The Steelmen gave it their best, withdrawing Rafael Khakimov from his net with two minutes to play, but when Ilya Khokhlov stepped up from the point and blasted his shot over the bar the visitor ran out of chances to tie the game.
Goals: 1-0 Kaprizov (Grigorenko 1:19); 1-1 da Costa (Osipov, Lander 13:34); 2-1 Kalinin (Mamin 17:24); 3-1 Kaprizov (Dahlback, Robinson 18:34); 3-2 Nakladal (Denisenko, Averin 34:11); 4-2 Grigorenko (Vey, Kaprizov 50:40); 5-2 Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Kiselevich 58:59 empty net)
Goalies: Johansson – Konovalov (Lazushin 18:34)
CSKA’s top line of Mikhail Grigorenko, Kirill Kaprizov and Linden Vey is showing ominous signs of reaching top form. Today’s game saw it produce three of CSKA’s goals and, over their last six outings, Grigorenko and Kaprizov have combined for a total of 18 (6+12) points, largely assisting on each other’s goals.
Today, Kaprizov collected four more points – three goals and an assist on Grigorenko’s goal – while his partner had 1+2. It moves Kaprizov to double figures for the season with 11 (4+7) and puts him on top of the KHL scoring charts.
Lokomotiv managed just 79 seconds before the pair unpicked its defense. Grigorenko made an interception behind the Yaroslavl net and immediately pinged out a pass for Kaprizov on the slot with time and space to beat Ilya Konovalov.
Loko tried to fight back and Stephane Da Costa scored against his former club to tie the scores, but two goals in barely a minute late in the opening session put the Army Men in control. Sergei Kalinin made it 2-1, then Kaprizov got his second of the game. This time, there was no role for Grigorenko; instead Konovalov failed to get a fix on Klas Dahlback’s point shot and the young forward tapped the puck into an empty net.
Jakub Nakladal reduced Loko’s deficit with the only goal of the second period but the first line was back in business midway through the third to make it 4-2. Kaprizov’s diagonal released Vey down the right and his feed was perfect for Grigorenko to fire past understudy goalie Alexander Lazushin. Lokomotiv thought it had a goal back when Anton Lander forced the puck past Lars Johansson in bizarre circumstances. A shot from the blue line was blocked and everyone lost track of the puck until Artyom Kayumov spotted the chance to whip in an effort from close range. Johansson managed to stop that and deny Lander’s first attempt on the rebound; the second attempt was pushed over the line but the video review ruled that Lander used his hand.
The last word went to Kaprizov, who shot into an empty net to complete his hat-trick and put the final gloss on an impressive CSKA victory.
Goals: 1-0 McMillan (Ashton 22:18); 2-0 Ullstrom (Darzins, K Berglund 33:17 PP); 2-1 Zhelezkov (Turbin, Lazarev 35:40); 2-2 Gorshkov (Kapiturov, Vitacek 45:51); 2-3 Vl Ushenin (Vy Ushenin 50:08); 3-3 Redlihs (Marshall, Balinskis 55:24); 4-3 Balinskis (Darzins, Redlihs 62:54)
Goalies: Gudlevskis – Langhamer
Amur’s luckless start to the season continued in Riga, with Dinamo grabbing a late equalizer to deny the visitor its first victory of the season. After Mikelis Redlihs made it 3-3, Kristers Gudlevskis stifled the Amur power play in overtime and as soon as the teams were back at equal strength, Uvis Balinskis snatched the winner for the Latvians.
Dinamo stopped its own four-game losing streak, while Amur has lost each of its first seven games – and each by a one-goal margin.
But it could have been very different. Amur looked well placed to get the win until Redlihs got that tying goal with four minutes to play. Dinamo passed the puck neatly around Amur’s zone and Ben Marshall picked out the feed for his experienced team-mate to shoot home from the top of the circle.
In overtime, Amur had the perfect opportunity to take the spoils when a needless too many men penalty handed the visitor the initiative. The shots rained in on Kristers Gudlevskis, but the Latvian goalie found the answers to kill the penalty. Then Redlihs emerged from the box, caught Amur changing on the fly and led a rush towards Marek Langhamer’s net. The play ended with Balinskis smashing home from between the hashmarks to settle an entertaining encounter.
It all seemed rather more routine when Dinamo opened a 2-0 lead in the second period on goals from Brandon McMillan and David Ullstrom. But Amur started its long road back late in the middle frame when Artyom Zhelezkov halved the deficit. And the visitor started strongly in the third as Alexander Gorshkov tucked home the rebound from an Ondrej Vitasek effort to make it 2-2. Then the Ushenin brothers combined to put their team ahead for the first time in the game. Vyacheslav sent Vladislav clean through to beat Gudlevskis and, with less than 10 minutes left, there was every chance of seeing the game through to the hooter. But it wasn’t to be. Redlihs saved Dinamo with that tying goal and overtime went in the host’s favor.