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Ilya Vorobyov got his first victory since returning to coach Metallurg. His team blazed into a 4-0 lead over Spartak but was left clinging on for a 4-3 verdict. There was another big fightback in Sochi, where Torpedo tied the game after trailing 0-4 but lost out to a late goal. SKA won 2-0 at Dynamo Moscow, CSKA thumped Admiral 4-0 but league leader Avtomobilist had a real battle before defeating Kunlun Red Star in overtime.

Macek double keeps Avto on winning path

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 5 Kunlun Red Star 4 OT (1-2, 3-1, 0-1, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Wong (Murphy, Cracknell 3:16); 1-1 Sexton (Dawes, Macek 7:19 PP); 1-2 Lockhart (Chelios, Wong 16:13); 2-2 Macek (Dawes, Vishnevsky 21:03 PP); 3-2 Gareyev (Setdikov, Kucheryavenko 25:02); 3-3 Miller (DeFazio, Maione 26:47); 4-3 Holland (Dawes, Sexton 33:46); 4-4 Lockhart (Murphy, Sustr 44:08); 5-4 Macek (60:42)

Goalies: Kovar – Smith

Brooks Macek scored twice – including an overtime winner – but league leader Avtomobilist was pushed all the way by a battling Kunlun Red Star before it managed to extend its winning run to eight games.

Macek got the winner in the first minute of overtime, firing home from a tight angle to beat Jeremy Smith, but earlier Avtomobilist had to come from behind twice as Red Star matched its high-flying opponent all the way.

The visitor went toe-to-toe from the start and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to goals from Tyler Wong and Luke Lockhart. But it also took four penalties, allowing a power play goal for Dan Sexton and creating the opportunity for Macek to make it 2-2 early in the second. A one-timer from Artyom Gareyev put the home team ahead soon afterwards but hopes of a straightforward conclusion were abruptly interrupted when Andrew Miller converted the Dragons’ first power play of the night to tie the scores with his first KHL goal.

The teams traded two more goals: Peter Holland putting the host in front, Lockhart’s second of the game taking it to overtime. But Macek’s double proved decisive in an absorbing contest.

Vorobyov gets first win since returning to Magnitogorsk

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4 Spartak Moscow 3 (3-0, 1-1, 0-2)

Goals: 1-0 O’Dell (Rasmussen 0:41); 2-0 Nekolenko (Dorofeyev, Bereglazov 6:11); 3-0 Lyubimov (Nekolenko, Dorofeyev 8:31); 4-0 O’Dell (Antipin, Rasmussen 20:26); 4-1 Tsyplakov (Zubov 28:11); 4-2 Karsums (Daugavins, Zubov 47:18 PP); 4-3 Fyodorov (Daugavins, Zubov 56:32)

Goalies: Koshechkin – Bespalov (Khomchenko 6:11)

Magnitka got its first win since Ilya Vorobyov replace Josef Jandac behind the bench, but this performance raised almost as many questions as it provided answers.

For 20 minutes, the home team was superb. Three unanswered goals in the opening frame, a missed penalty shot and a fourth goal at the start of the second had Spartak reeling. Eric O’Dell scored twice, Arkhip Nekolenko had a goal and an assist in the space of two minutes and Roman Lyubimov was also on target. Denis Parshin might have added to the scoring but Khomchenko came up with the save at a time when Spartak’s goaltending was in all sorts of trouble.

But, having got the game as good as won, Metallurg ended up in serious danger of letting it slip. Maxim Tsyplakov got Spartak on the board midway through the second period but the home team did not heed the warning. The visitor dominated the middle session and took that momentum into the third. Power play goals for Martins Karsums and Artyom Fyodorov made it a one-goal game with three minutes to play; a penalty on Parshin piled on the pressure in the closing stages. Metallurg held on, but this was far tighter than the opening minutes suggested.

Avangard halts Ufa’s winning run

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 Avangard Omsk 5 (1-2, 1-1, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Dedunov (Koshelev 10:01); 0-2 Shumakov (Voynov 17:59 PP); 1-2 Kartayev (Koledov, Sergeyev 18:59); 2-2 Arzamastsev (Amirov, Soshnikov 22:33); 2-3 Voynov (Beck 27:51 PP); 2-4 Grachyov (Pokka, Shumakov 51:03); 2-5 Andrighetto (Koshelev 59:41)

Goalies: Metsola – Sudnitsin

Avangard snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive display in Ufa. The last time these teams met here was in the playoffs, with the visitor securing a series win after a gruelling triple overtime encounter. But Salavat Yulaev’s hopes of revenge took a dent in the first period and never quite recovered despite a fightback either side of the first intermission.

Photo: 19.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Avangard (Omsk)

Avangard had to kill a couple of penalties before taking the lead in the 11th minute through Pavel Dedunov and after opening the scoring Bob Hartley’s team looked the more dangerous. Sergei Shumakov doubled the lead when he scored on his team’s first power play of the night. However, it took just one minute for Vladislav Kartayev to reduce the deficit, then Zakhar Arzamastsev tied it up in the 23rd minute. That goal was also notable for 17-year-old Rodion Amirov getting his first KHL point.

However, the fightback was only temporary. Slava Voynov’s power play goal soon restored Avangard’s lead and Evgeny Grachyov increased the advantage in the third session. An empty net goal from Sven Andrighetto wrapped up the scoring. The home team saw its two-game winning streak come to an end.

Azevedo double paces Ak Bars triumph

Ak Bars Kazan 4 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1 (2-0, 0-1, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Wikstrand (Cormier 10:47); 2-0 Fazylzyanov (Cormier 13:34); 2-1 Khairullin (Chernikov 28:38); 3-1 Azevedo (Zhuravlyov, Petrov 54:22 PP); 4-1 Azevedo (57:57 SH)

Goalies: Bilyalov – Sharychenkov

Ak Bars eased to victory in the Tatarstan derby, with two Justin Azevedo goals in the third period sealing a 4-1 verdict.

Two goals midway through the first period got the home team on its way. Both came from defensemen: Mikael Wikstrand opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Kamil Fazylzyanov scored his first goal for Ak Bars against his former club. Patrice Cormier assisted on both goals.

Neftekhimik had adopted a ‘shoot on sight’ policy in the opening frame and continued to get more pucks to the net as it tried to find a way back into the game in the second period and Marat Khairullin reduced the deficit halfway through, but Ak Bars would not be denied. In the final frame Azevedo got a power play goal and a short-handed effort to wrap up a comfortable win.

Melnichuk extends shut-out streak

Dynamo Moscow 0 SKA St. Petersburg 2 (0-0, 0-2, 0-0)

Goals: 0-1 Rundblad (Kagarlitsky 22:58); 0-2 Karpov (Dergachyov 37:35 SH)

Goalies: Kuznetsov – Melnichuk

Two goals involving former Dynamo players lifted SKA to victory in Moscow, while young goalie Alexei Melnichuk recorded his second successive shut-out. The 21-year-old stopped 21 shots but also needed a video review to deny Dynamo an opening goal late in the first period.

Photo: 19.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Dynamo (Moscow) - SKA (St.Petersburg)

That incident might have changed the course of the game. Daniil Tarasov surged forward and fired in a shot that clipped the inside of the post and bounce along the goal line. Dynamo believed it had crossed the line, but the video review ruled otherwise and the teams went to the intermission deadlocked at 0-0.

Then, at the start of the second period, former Dynamo forward Dmitry Kagarlitsky fed David Rundblad for the opening goal. From hoping it had taken the lead, the home team found itself behind after the Swedish defenseman stepped up from the blue line to fire home. Another one-time Blue-and-White, Maxim Karpov, doubled the lead with a short-handed goal late in the middle frame. SKA won a face-off in its own zone and launched an attack. Alexander Dergachyov released Karpov and the forward produced a skilful finish to beat debutant goalie Georgy Kuznetsov.

Dynamo battled hard in the third period, having a greater share of the play than in the first two, but the Muscovites were unable to find a way past Melnichuk and slipped to a four loss in five games. SKA has three wins on the spin.

Torpedo’s fightback falls just short

HC Sochi 5 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4 (1-0, 3-1, 1-3)

Goals: 1-0 Krikunov (Bertilsson, Rosen 9:32 PP); 2-0 Tochitsky (Alexandrov, Altybarmakyan 23:23); 3-0 Stromvall (Pogorishny, Krikunov 27:32); 4-0 Pogorishny (Petrov, Tomilin 33:01); 4-1 Varnakov (Zhafyarov, Genoway 33:45); 4-2 Belevich (Alyayev, Genoway 41:26); 4-3 Zhafyarov (Schroeder 42:33); 4-4 Varnakov (Alyayev, Orlov 56:23); 5-4 Tomilin (Mosalyov, Kapustin 58:24)

Goalies: Shikin – Lindbak

Torpedo came close to repeating last week’s spectacular comeback win over Jokerit, but fell to a late goal from Artyom Tomilin. Against the Finns, Torpedo clawed back a 1-4 deficit; here it recovered from 0-4 to tie the game only to lose out with barely 90 seconds left.

There was little indication of what was coming in the first period. Ilya Krikunov opened the scoring with a power play goal midway through but otherwise both goalies kept the forwards under control. In the second, though, Sochi exploded. Three goals in 10 minutes from Tochitsky, Stromvall and Pogorishny looked to have built an unassailable lead.

Torpedo had other ideas, though. Mikhail Varnakov got one back in the middle session and would go on to get the tying goal late in the third. In between, Andrei Belevich and Damir Zhafyarov also found the net as Sochi went from comfortable to crisis-ridden as the game progressed.

Yet just when it seemed that momentum would see Torpedo over the line, Tomilin grabbed an unexpected winner for the host. It took a video review to confirm the goal, but it was enough for the Leopards to take the victory.

Mamin at the double as CSKA eases to victory

CSKA Moscow 4 Admiral Vladivostok 0 (0-0, 3-0, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Svetlakov 20:35); 2-0 Mamin (Popov, Okulov 33:09); 3-0 Marchenko (Mamin 35:04); 4-0 Mamin (Dahlback, Okulov 58:28)

Goalies: Sorokin – Olkinuora

Maxim Mamin scored twice and added an assist as CSKA sank Admiral with little difficulty in Moscow. The defending champion was frustrated in a scoreless first period but put the game to bed with three goals in the middle stanza.

Photo: 19.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. CSKA (Moscow) - Admiral (Vladivostok)

Kirill Kaprizov got the opener just 35 seconds after the intermission, but this was destined to be Mamin’s day. The 24-year-old forward grabbed the overtime winner as CSKA completed its Gagarin Cup final triumph last season but you have to go back to February 2015 to find the last time he scored two in a KHL game. Today he added CSKA’s second in the 34th minute and added a fourth goal for his team late on. In between, he also had an assist as Alexei Marchenko made it 3-0.

At the other end, Ilya Sorokin was in his usual impressive form. He made 20 saves to record his second shut-out in four games this season. The win puts CSKA back on top of the Western Conference ahead of Vityaz.

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