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Spartak went to Avtomobilist and ended the Ural teams’ winning start to the season with a 4-2 win in Yekaterinburg. The other big game in the East saw Ak Bars come from behind to beat Metallurg with Mikael Wikstrand collecting two points. That’s six wins on the bounce for Kazan, but Magnitka lies near the foot of the Conference table with just two victories all season. Dinamo Minsk had a day to savor, thumping Jokerit 5-0; Dynamo Moscow beat Dinamo Riga 4-1 with two goals from Andre Petersson and three assists from Vadim Shipachyov.

Spartak snaps Avto’s winning run

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 2 Spartak Moscow 4 (1-1, 1-3, 0-0)

Goals: 1-0 Platt (Sexton, Holland 14:23 PP); 1-1 Fyodorov (Goncharov, Khokhlyachov 19:59); 1-2 Yunkov (Vishnevsky, Goncharov 20:20); 1-3 Rylov (Khokhlyachov, Fyodorov 20:39); 2-3 Holland (Macek 26:15); 2-4 Goncharov (34:46)

Goalies: Kovar – Khomchenko

The last unbeaten record in the KHL came to an end as Spartak went to Yekaterinburg and defeated Avtomobilist. The Motormen won their first eight games of the season to stand top of the table, but were unable to extend that run further and continue to challenge last season’s record-breaking start.

The game was settled either side of the first intermission when Spartak potted three goals in 40 seconds. Artyom Fyodorov got the first, one second before the hooter, to cancel out Geoff Platt’s power play opener and send the teams into the break on level terms. Then came a quickfire double at the start of the second session. Mikhail Yunkov put the visitor ahead before Fyodorov turned provider as Yakov Rylov extended the advantage.

Avtomobilist got a goal back when Peter Holland skated around the back of the net and fired the puck to the slot, where a deflection off Patrik Hersley’s skate beat Pavel Khomchenko and put the home team right back in the game. But Maxim Goncharov added to his two earlier assists with a fine goal of his own, firing a backhand shot from an incredibly tight angle to squeeze the puck past Jakub Kovar and make it 4-2.

That proved to be the final score, with Spartak defending stoutly in the third period to snap a three-game losing streak. The home team managed just seven shots on Khomchenko’s goal as the Red-and-Whites soaked up the pressure.

Metsola blanks Neftekhimik, Ufa tops the division

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 0 (0-0, 0-0, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Omark (41:42); 2-0 Mayorov (Sergeyev, Kadeikin 44:01)

Goalies: Metsola – Barulin

Salavat Yulaev moved to the top of the Chernyshev Division with a shut-out win at home to Neftekhimik – but the host needed plenty of patience before putting the game to bed.

The visitor arrived on the back of a three-game losing streak and found itself under pressure for long periods again here. However, goalie Konstantin Barulin proved a formidable obstacle, making 25 saves in the first two periods. The visiting defense blocked a further 13 shots in that time to frustrate Ufa’s offensive ambitions.

The dam finally broke at the start of the third. Linus Omark squeezed home a short side shot to open the scoring and a couple of minutes later a brilliant one-time pass from Alexander Kadeikin sliced open the visiting defense to give Maxim Mayorov the chance to double the lead. Salavat Yulaev continued to control the game until the end with Juha Metsola recording his second shut-out of the season.

Ak Bars piles on the misery for Metallurg

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 Ak Bars Kazan 2 (1-0, 0-1, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Loktionov (Parshin 3:04); 1-1 Wikstrand (Azevedo, Ozhiganov 21:26 PP); 1-2 Cormier (Wikstrand, Petrov 43:30 PP)

Goalies: Koshechkin – Reideborn

If Metallurg thought it had turned the corner after Ilya Vorobyov oversaw his first win as head coach on Thursday, Ak Bars arrived in Magnitogorsk to remind its local rival that it takes more than one result to spark a revival.

Photo: 21.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) - Ak Bars (Kazan)

Just over a week ago the teams met in Kazan in Vorobyov’s first game back at Magnitka and Ak Bars took the verdict. Today, Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team repeated that 2-1 scoreline to secure a fifth successive victory and leave Metallurg in unfamiliar territory, 11th in the Eastern Conference.

It all started well enough for the host, with Andrei Loktionov opening the scoring after Denis Parshin pounced on a slack pass from defenseman Roman Abrosimov. However, the visitor showed just why it had spent much of the pre-game skate working on special teams when it turned the game around with two power play goals.

Mikael Wikstrand was instrumental in the recovery. The Swedish defenseman is now on a six-game productive streak and scored for the second game running to tie the scores early in the middle frame. Then he got an assist as Patrice Cormier capitalized on a major penalty against the home team’s Roman Lyubimov, sent to the locker room after kneeing Dmitry Yudin between the legs. Cormier effort in the 44th minute followed an incident moments earlier when Stanislav Galiyev had a goal whistled off for use of the skate.

The home team worked hard to find a way back into contention and had chances on the power play but was unable to salvage the game. With just two wins in nine games this season, this are unusually tough times in Magnitogorsk.

Schroeder double sinks Severstal

Severstal Cherepovets 2 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4 (1-3, 0-1, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Bocharov (Misharin, Shenfeld 1:35); 1-1 Alexeyev (Lapenkov, Nikolishin 11:27); 1-2 Howden (Szczechura, Orlov 15:27); 1-3 Schroeder (Genoway, Zhafyarov 17:06 PP); 1-4 Schroeder (Genoway, Szczechura 39:53 PP); 2-4 Kodola (Khokhlov, Markovin 56:25)

Goalies: Podyapolsky – Tikhomirov

Two goals from Jordan Schroeder led Torpedo to victory at Severstal as David Nemirovsky’s team tightened its grip on fourth place in the Western Conference with a fifth win in six games.

Photo: 21.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod)

Schroeder’s two efforts – his third and fourth of the season – both came on the power play as the former Canucks, Wild and Blue Jackets forward helped Torpedo jump to a 4-1 lead by the end of the second period.

Earlier, Stanislav Bocharov gave the visitor an early lead before Andrei Alexeyev tied the game midway through the first period. Parity was short-lived, however; Quinton Howden restored Torpedo’s advantage before Schroeder got his first of the night in the 18th minute.

Severstal, looking for a win to lift it from the foot of the Western Conference, pulled a goal back late in the game thank to Vladislav Kodola, but was unable to salvage the result.

Everything goes right for Minsk

Dinamo Minsk 5 Jokerit Helsinki 0 (0-0, 3-0, 2-0)

Goals: 1-0 Gotovets (26:20); 2-0 Pulkkinen (Deryabin, Dyukov 31:54); 3-0 Kostitsyn (Prince 38:04); 4-0 Fedoktistov (Kitarov, Dyukov 41:02); 5-0 Pulkkinen (Kogalev, Shore 54:11)

Goalies: Enroth – Kalnins

After a slow start to the season, Dinamo Minsk has steadily improved in recent games and this emphatic victory over Jokerit lifted Craig Woodcroft’s team into the top eight for the first time this season.

The Finns, by contrast, are struggling: just five points so far leaves them tied with bottom-placed Severstal, albeit having played two games fewer. But this was a third straight loss for Jokerit and its heaviest margin of defeat all season.

It didn’t always look likely to be one-sided. There was little between the teams in a scoreless opening stanza and Jokerit made a bright start to the second before having to kill a penalty. That gave the momentum to Dinamo and Kirill Gotovets took advantage with the opening goal in the 27th minute. However, Jokerit continued to look threatening until Teemu Pulkkinen scored against his countrymen just after the midway point to give the host some breathing space. A third goal late in the frame from Andrei Kostitsyn highlighted the difference between the teams: when Dinamo had chances, it took them; Jokerit was unable to find the decisive play in front of Jhonas Enroth.

In the third period Dinamo began to control the game as well as the scoreboard. The pressure got its rewards with a second goal for Pulkkinen and a first of the season for Nikita Feoktistov. At the other end, Enroth remained unbeaten, making 20 saves to secure back-to-back shut-outs.

Glazachev makes the difference

HC Sochi 1 Admiral Vladivostok 2 OT (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Goals: 1-0 Shmelyov (Collins, Lugin 3:22); 1-1 Butuzov (Ibatullin, Petrov 21:44); 1-2 Glazachev (61:18)

Goalies: Shikin – Krasotkin

This clash of two coastal clubs went to Admiral thanks to an overtime goal from captain Konstantin Glazachev. The experienced forward got his fourth goal in four games to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Admiral into the top eight in the East.

Earlier, Sochi took a fourth-minute lead through Sergei Shmelyov before Vladimir Butuzov tied it up early in the second period. Then each team missed a penalty shot, with Andrei Altybarmakyan losing out for the host before Butuzov was denied at the other end by Dmitry Shikin. The game remained tied, with Shikin the busier of the goalies, until Glazachev settled it.

Shipachyov orchestrates Dynamo’s success

Dynamo Moscow 4 Dinamo Riga 1 (0-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Goals: 1-0 Petersson (Shipachyov, Mironov 39:05); 2-0 Lyamin (Zaitsev, Shipachoyv 39:56); 3-0 Petersson (56:40 empty net); 3-1 Alisauskas (58:08); 4-1 Jaskin (Shipachyov 58:20)

Goalies: Bocharov – Tretyak

A hat-trick of helpers from Vadim Shipachyov saw Dynamo to a decisive victory over its namesake from Riga – but only after the visitor put plenty of pressure on Ivan Bocharov in the first period.

Photo: 21.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Dynamo (Moscow) - Dinamo (Riga)

That opening session finished goalless, but the Latvians led the shot count 15-6 as Dynamo took four minor penalties and found itself on the back foot for long periods.

The middle frame saw the game become more even, with the home team adopting a more physical approach in a bid to get itself back into contention. The Muscovites had 11 hits in the second period against two from the visitor and that eventually paid off with two goals late in the session. Andre Petersson got the first, Kirill Lyamin added a second 51 seconds later, Shipachyov assisted on both.

The game was still alive until deep into the third when Riga withdrew goalie Maxim Tretyak and Petersson promptly slotted the third of the game into an empty net. Shipachyov added a third assist of the day on a late Dmitrij Jaskin effort after Nerijus Alisauskas got a goal back for the Latvians in the 59th minute.

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