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Jokerit collected its first win against Dynamo Moscow since 2015 thanks to an overtime goal from Henrik Haapala, while Ak Bars went top of the Eastern Conference on the day Danis Zaripov played his 1,200th game in Russia’s top league. Elsewhere, Metallurg almost clawed back a 0-3 deficit at Avangard, but fell short and remains at the foot of the table. SKA won 3-0 in Riga, Admiral staged a remarkable rally to beat Sibir and Kunlun won 5-2 at Barys.

Admiral leaves it late

Admiral Vladisvostok 3 Sibir Novosibirsk 2 SO (0-1, 0-1, 2-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Goals: 0-1 Sharov (Khabarov, Sateri 18:17); 0-2 Puustinen (Jokipakka, Ruohomaa 29:27 PP); 2-2 Lalonde (Ljungh 57:34 PP); 2-2 Almqvist (Bakos, Ljungh 58:39); 3-2 Almqvist (65:00 penalty shot)

Goalies: Olkinuora – Sateri

Admiral left it late to dig itself out of a big hole and snatch a win against Sibir. Two goals in the last three minutes turned around a 0-2 deficit before Swedish defenseman Adam Almqvist got the shoot-out decider. Not surprisingly, visiting head coach Nikita Zavarukhin was left bemoaning his team’s collapse: “We played great hockey for 58 minutes, but the game lasts for 60,” he said.

He saw his team get in front thanks to goals from Alexander Sharov and Juuso Puustinen and then saw Sibir keep the host at arm’s length for much of the latter half of the game. But a late power play goal from Shawn Lalonde gave Admiral hope and Almqvist fired home the tying effort on 58:39 as the Sailors adopted a 6-on-5 game.

The outcome went to a shoot-out with two Finns, Juho Olkinuora and Harri Sateri occupying the nets. But Sateri stopped just one of the four attempts that came his way as Admiral took the point thanks to successful efforts from Markus Ljungh, Oleg Lomako and finally Almqvist.

Red Star bounces back at Barys

Barys Nur-Sultan 2 Kunlun Red Star 5 (0-1, 2-1, 0-3)

Goals: 0-1 Foo (Cracknell 16:41); 1-1 Pakarinen (21:05 PP); 2-1 Starchenko (Polokhov 22:27); 23:33 Yip (Foo, Fram 23:33); 2-3 Palola (Brule 44:42); 2-4 Murphy (Miller, Yip 51:38); 2-5 Lockhart (Bartley, Chelios 55:01)

Goalies: Pasquale – Hrubec

Kunlun Red Star rang the changes after Saturday’s 0-5 loss at Ak Bars, with Mathew Maione and Wojtek Wolski rested for the trip to Kazakhstan. Curt Fraser’s revamped roster, though, produced an impressive display to record its most convincing victory of the season thanks to an impressive third period display.

The teams were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes but Kunlun hit three unanswered goals in the final frame to secure the victory. Olli Palola started it off with an instinctive one-timer after Gilbert Brule won a face-off against Curtis Valk. The Finn claimed his first of the season as his effort ripped past Eddie Pasquale in the home net.

Barys had a chance to get back into the game when it got on the power play, but a needless foul from Darren Dietz scuppered that and just as both teams returned to full strength, the Dragons increased their lead. Andrew Miller refused to give up on a lost puck and fed Trevor Murphy; the defenseman smashed home his first goal in the KHL. With five minutes left, Luke Lockhart wrapped up proceedings when he bundled home Victor Bartley’s feed to the near post.

Zaripov reaches a landmark as Ak Bars tops the Conference

Ak Bars Kazan 3 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2 (0-0, 2-1, 1-1)

Goals: 1-0 Galimov (Wikstrand, Tkachyov 28:26); 1-1 Kazionov (30:46); 2-1 Azevedo (Cormier, Yarullin 36:04); 3-1 Pedan (Tkachyov, Frattin 44:11); 3-2 White (Murphy, Mitchell 51:27)

Goalies: Bilyalov – Barulin

Ak Bars goes to the top of the Eastern Conference thanks to a derby victory over Neftekhimik as Danis Zaripov made his 1,200th career appearance in top-flight Russian hockey.

Zaripov made his senior debut way back in 1996/97 with Mechel Chelyabinsk and has gone on to win six national championships, five of them in the KHL era. When he made his first appearance, today’s game-winner Andrei Pedan (born 1993) was yet to start school.

The much-titled veteran was not among the points today – a goal and two assists on Saturday had already taken him past Alexei Morozov’s club scoring record – as Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team edged a typical competitive Tatarstan derby. It took until the 29th minute to see the first goal, but then Emil Galimov gave the home team against his former club. Denis Kazionov quickly tied it up but Justin Azevedo restored the Ak Bars advantage late in the frame.

Pedan struck early in the third and that was enough to win it. Matt White pulled a goal back for Neftekhimik to keep things tense in the closing stages, but Ak Bars held on to move to 18 points, just two behind overall leader Vityaz and one better than Kharlamov Division rival Avtomobilist.

Shumakov double sees Avangard to victory

Avangard Omsk 3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 (1-0, 2-0, 0-2)

Goals: 1-0 Beck (Semyonov, Shumakov 12:28 PP); 2-0 Shumakov (Voynov, Beck 26:36 PP); 3-0 Shumakov (Andrighetto 31:28); 3-1 Galuzin (Yakovlev 48:43); 3-2 O’Dell (Kozun, Mozyakin 59:15)

Goalies: Bobkov – Galimov (Koshechkin 31:28)

Metallurg’s woes continue after Avangard’s power play cut up the Steelmen in Balashikha. The visitor ran into penalty trouble early in the game and allowed the first two goals of the game while playing shorthanded.

Photo: 30.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Avangard (Omsk) - Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)

Avangard’s first big opportunity arrived in the fifth minute when it got a 5-on-3 advantage, but Metallurg survived that scare. The next penalty, though, saw Vladimir Galuzin in the box and Taylor Beck took advantage to open the scoring. Late in the first period, Metallurg got a couple of power play chances of its own but found Igor Bobkov equal to all that the visiting offense could produce.

In the middle frame Avangard got another power play and duly doubled the lead. This time Beck was among the helpers as Sergei Shumakov scored. And Shumakov was at it again five minutes later to make it 3-0 and chase starting goalie Stanislav Galimov from the net.

With Vasily Koshechkin bringing his experience to the ice, Metallurg kept Avangard at bay. But the attempted fightback, triggered by a goal from Galuzin, ran out of time after Eric O’Dell made it a one-goal game with 45 seconds left to play. Magnitka remains on the foot of the Eastern Conference, Avangard is second.

O’Neill, Haapala defeat Dynamo

Dynamo Moscow 1 Jokerit Helsinki 2 OT (0-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-1)

Goals: 0-1 O’Neill (Lehtonen 19:29); 1-1 Petersson (54:04); 1-2 Haapala (O’Neill 61:50 PP)

Goalies: Bocharov – Kalnins

Jokerit got its second successive victory after an overtime win at Dynamo – and Henrik Haapala’s game-winner was enough to lift the Finns above their opponent into seventh place in the West. It was also Jokerit’s first victory against its bogey team since 2015.

Photo: 30.09.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Dynamo (Moscow) - Jokerit (Helsinki)

Haapala’s goal came in overtime as the visitor swiftly converted a power play chance. The forward, signed in the summer from a loan spell at Lugano, fed the puck to Brian O’Neill on the doorstep then took the return pass and fired past Ivan Bocharov in the home goal.

Earlier, O’Neill had given Jokerit a first period lead when a Dynamo attack broke down late in the frame and Mikko Lehtonen sent the American forward off to the races. He was pursued by two defensemen but as home goalie Ivan Bocharov advanced far from his crease, O’Neill spotted his chance to streak behind the net and score on the wraparound into an unguarded target.

Dynamo’s equalizer came out of nothing and owed everything to the opportunist qualities of Andre Petersson. There was no apparent danger when Tommi Kivisto collected the puck in his own zone, but the defenseman’s stick handling let him down as Petersson raced into pressure him. Having stolen possession, the Swedish forward advanced with colleague Dmitrij Jaskin alongside; Petersson opted to take the shot himself and found the top shelf.

In overtime, Dynamo almost returned Kivisto’s favor when 17 was caught in possession by 90. The Blue-and-Whites managed not to concede, but Petersson went to the box after tripping Peter Regin. That created the opportunity that saw Haapala win the game for the Finns.

SKA spoils Makarov’s debut

Dinamo Riga 0 SKA St. Petersburg 3 (0-1, 0-0, 0-2)

Goals: 0-1 Zub (Kagarlitsky 10:37); 0-2 Dyblenko (Plotnikov, Lehtera 40:39); 0-3 Ketov (Zub, Zemchyonok 58:30)

Goalies: Makarov – Melnichuk

Dinamo Riga handed a debut to goalie Andrei Makarov as it looked to improve on the worst defensive record in the KHL. The former Kunlun and Neftekhimik goalie had a busy time against SKA’s powerful offense but performed creditably enough to keep his team in the game until the closing stages.

However, the visitor ultimately proved far too strong. While the Riga defense kept the scoreline respectable, there were few chances to text Alexei Melnichuk at the other end and once Artyom Zub opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Dinamo always faced an uphill struggle. Zub’s goal combined some classic blue line play – a thumping point shot that was blocked before reaching the net – with the kind of skills expected from a forward when he collected Dmitry Kagarlitsky’s pass, went behind the net and scored on the wraparound.

Another D-man, Yaroslav Dyblenko, got the second goal early in the final session. This was a more conventional defenseman’s goal, firing home from the top of the circle after Makarov scrambled a dangerous shot behind the net and Jori Lehtera recovered the puck and started a second wave of offense. And Evgeny Ketov added a third late on to seal a comfortable SKA victory.

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