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The big story of the week was Lokomotiv parting company with head coach Craig MacTavish less than a month into his first season in Yaroslavl. The team responded with a 4-0 win over Dinamo Riga to keep the Latvians pinned in last place in the West. Jokerit, whose victory at Loko ended MacTavish’s time, failed to build on that and lost 1-5 at home to CSKA. Ak Bars was among the goals, scoring six inside half an hour against Traktor, while Metallurg continues to struggle for scoring and went down 1-3 at home to Barys.

Merciless Ak Bars demolishes Traktor

Traktor Chelyabinsk 0 Ak Bars Kazan 6 (0-4, 0-2, 0-0)

Goals: 0-1 Cormier (Yudin, Azevedo 4:42); 0-2 Glukhov (Khenkel 6:35); 0-3 Petrov (Wikstrand 6:51); 0-4 Osnovin (Zhuravlyov, Frattin 10:36); 0-5 Pedan (Frattin 25:06); 0-6 Zaripov (Galiyev, Tkachyov 29:22)

Goalies: Fedotov (Demchenko 6:35-29:22) – Reideborn

Ak Bars bounced back from Monday’s defeat in Novosibirsk to blow away Traktor. A four-star first period put the game out of reach, while Adam Reideborn collected his first shut-out in the KHL.

The Swede was no mere spectator, despite the lopsided scoreline. He stopped 31 shots to frustrate a Traktor team that arguably deserved better from the game. But the visiting offense was in fine form, blasting four goals in barely 10 minutes and setting up a revolving door in the home net.

Starting goalie Ivan Fedotov was chased in the seventh minute after allowing two early goals for Patrice Cormier and Mikhail Glukhov. However, Vasily Demchenko was beaten after just 16 seconds and went on to allow four goals from nine shots. By the midway point, Fedotov was back between the piping and he put his rocky start behind him to close out the remaining half hour without conceding again.

By then, of course, it was too late. Ak Bars had roared into action early on and put the game beyond the host. Six different goalscorers had a share in the spoils, with Danis Zaripov completing the rout. There was also another assist for defenseman Mikael Wikstrand, whose six-game productive streak came to an end at Sibir.

Barys spoils Mozyakin’s moment

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 Barys Nur-Sultan 3 (0-1, 1-0, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Blacker (Shevchenko 3:06); 1-1 Dorofeyev (Postma 22:17); 1-2 Mikhailis (Dietz, Starchenko 50:32 PP); 1-3 Knight (Starchenko, Pasquale 51:33)

Goalies: Koshechkin – Pasquale

It should have been a day to remember for Sergei Mozyakin as the KHL’s record scorer made his 600th regular season appearance in the competition. But Barys had other ideas and two goals in the third period added to the pressure on Magnitka as its slow start to the season continued.

Photo: 25.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) - Barys (Nur-Sultan)

The Steelmen are still second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with just two victories all season. A change behind the bench has not yet rejuvenated this team and even a three-day break ahead of this game was not enough to change the pattern of the season. There was good news: forwards Evgeny Timkin and Nikolai Kulemin returned from injury, and Bogdan Potekhin came back to his home team. However, when the action started on the ice it took barely three minutes for Jesse Blacker to put the visitor in front with a well-taken back hand effort

With Barys so impressive on defense this season, allowing an early goal put Magnitka right behind the 8-ball. The visitor completed its seventh consecutive period without allowing a goal before finally succumbing to a well-taken Pavel Dorofeyev strike early in the second session. But that was as good it as got for Metallurg. Even a spell of 5-on-3 in the third could not see the team forge ahead; instead, two goals midway through the final stanza saw Nikita Mikhailis and Corban Knight secure the win for Barys.

Fifth straight win for CSKA

Jokerit Helsinki 1 CSKA Moscow 5 (0-2, 1-1, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Kaprizov (Kiselevich, Svetlakov 2:25); 0-2 Okulov (Marchenko 14:53 PP); 1-2 Moses (Grant, Regin 21:18); 1-3 Marchenko (Slepyshev, Okulov 34:22); 1-4 Karnaukhov (Slepyshev 41:59); 1-5 Vey (Tolchinsky, Sekac 45:43)

Goalies: Niemi – Sorokin

Jokerit got a big boost with Monday’s 4-1 win at Lokomotiv but hopes that the Finns had turned the corner were given an abrupt reality check when the defending champion came to Helsinki. CSKA simply overpowered the opposition from the start as Kirill Kaprizov climbed to the top of the scoring charts.

Kaprizov struck in the third minute, redirecting a Bogdan Kiselevich shot for his 13th (6+7) point of the season. Jokerit’s problems continued when Antti Niemi took a delaying the game penalty when he went outside of the trapezoid zone behind his net to play the puck. This season, that’s a minor penalty and Konstantin Okulov punished that indiscretion.

Jokerit got on the scoreboard early in the second period through Steve Moses but in a game of few clear chances it was the Army Men that displayed the more clinical finishing. Alexei Marchenko restored the two-goal cushion then, early in the third, 22-year-old forward Pavel Karnaukhov potted his first of the season. Linden Vey wrapped it up as CSKA continues to look assured in the early stages of its title defense.

Loko starts new era with a win

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 Dinamo Riga 0 (1-0, 2-0, 1-0)

Goals: 1-0 Kraskovsky (da Costa, Alexeyev 15:41); 2-0 Osipov (Ivanov, Ilyenko 28:57); 3-0 Kovalenko (Osipov 39:55); 4-0 da Costa (Svitov, Alexeyev 45:11 PP)

Goalies: Konovalov – Gudlevskis

Life without Craig MacTavish got off to a good start for Lokomotiv with a convincing victory over Dinamo Riga. In truth, any other outcome would have been hard for the Railwaymen to contemplate; defeat to the Latvians would have sent them to the foot of the Western Conference.

Photo: 25.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Dinamo (Riga)

Instead, though, under the guidance of Alexander Ardashev, the organization’s sporting director pressed into service as interim head coach, Loko let off some steam with four unanswered goals.

However, it was an evenly-matched first period against a Dinamo team struggling every bit as much as Lokomotiv and it wasn’t until the 16th minute that Pavel Kraskovsky eased home nerves when he slotted home the rebound from a Denis Alexeyev shot.

The visitor had chances to respond, but Ilya Konovalov was equal to everything thrown at him by the likes of Andris Dzerins, Kristaps Zile or Mikelis Redlihs. The young goalie has been somewhat sidelined this season but did his cause no harm with a solid display off the bench in Monday’s 1-4 loss against Jokerit and followed that up with a shut-out today.

Second period goals from Maxim Osipov – following Artyom Ilyenko’s breakaway – and Nikolai Kovalenko took the game away from Riga and Stephane Da Costa’s power play tally wrapped up a morale-boosting win for the home team.

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