Goals: 1-0 Vishnevsky (Kucheryavenko 5:10); 2-0 Sexton (Holland 18:06); 2-1 Kovalenko (Kronwall, Apalkov 34:50 PP); 3-1 Dawes (Datsyuk, Macek 45:25 PP); 4-1 Vasilevsky (Belousov, Holland 57:56)
Goalies: Kovar – Lazushin
Pavel Datsyuk picked up his first point of the season to help Avtomobilist to a convincing – and morale-boosting – win over Lokomotiv. The Motormen followed up an eight-game winning start to the season with four defeats on the spin prior to today; halting Loko ended that losing sequence.
Along the way, Datsyuk collected an assist on a Nigel Dawes power play goal early in the third period. That was his first point after an injury-hit spell since joining the club this summer, and suggested a fruitful future for a new-look top line of Datsyuk, Dawes and Brooks Macek.
Earlier, the home team opened a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Ivan Vishnevsky and Dan Sexton. Lokomotiv recovered to halve to the deficit in the middle frame when Nikolai Kovalenko scored on the power play but the visitor’s hopes of recovery were dented by that Dawes goal after the intermission. Alexei Vasilevsky made the game safe late on.
Goals: 1-0 Omark (Larsen, Manninen 3:29); 1-1 Varfolomeyev (17:28); 2-1 Hartikainen (Omark, Larsen 25:32); 3-1 Larsen (Omark 35:17); 4-1 Larsen (Omark 37:09); 5-1 Alalykin (Mukhmadullin, Khokhryakov 58:53)
Goalies: Metsola – Lindback (Tikhomirov 35:17)
It was a big day for Salavat Yulaev youngster Danil Alalykin. The 18-year-old made his KHL debut, scored his first KHL goal and earned a place in the record books along the way. The forward became the first player born in the 21st century to find the net in the league.
To clarify, by ‘born in the 21st century’, we mean born in or after 2001: the year 2000 was the last year of the 20th century. Last season, SKA’s Vasily Podkolzin was the league’s first 21st century player; today Alalykin beat him to the scoring record. The youngster’s progress has been swift. Prior to this season he had not even played in the Youth Hockey League; in 2019/20 he put up 12 points in 10 games for Tolpar before getting the call to the KHL and making an immediate impact with the final goal in Ufa’s 5-1 win.
Earlier, though, this game was dominated by Philip Larsen and Linus Omark. The pair had a hand in their team’s first four goals, with Danish defenseman Larsen scoring two and assisting twice while Omark had 1+3. Teemu Hartikainen got the other Salavat Yulaev marker, Pavel Varfolomeyev scored Torpedo’s sole consolation.
Goals: 1-0 Vishnevsky (Rylov, Nikontsev 7:55); 1-1 Vey (Sekac, Mamin 8:07); 1-2 Kalinin (13:23); 2-2 Goncharov (Nikontsev, Stolyarov 21:02); 2-3 Okulov (29:58); 2-4 Grigorenko (Romanov, Svetlakov 34:14); 2-5 Sekac (Nesterov, Vey 38:01 PP); 2-6 Grigorenko (Svetlakov 39:32); 3-6 Karsums (Hanzl 40:20); 3-7 Kaprizov (Grigorenko 43:37); 3-8 Kaprizov (Sekac 45:07 PP); 3-9 Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Romanov 52:12)
Goalies: Hudacek (Khomchenko 34:14) – Sorokin
CSKA went on the rampage with a devastating attacking display in the Moscow derby at Spartak. An emphatic 9-3 victory saw the Army Men return to the top of the table, one point clear of Vityaz. Kirill Kaprizov scored a third-period hat-trick – his second of the season – to overtake Vadim Shipachyov at the head of the scoring race. So clinical was the CSKA finishing that it need just 37 shots to get its nine goals.
Oddly, though, it was Spartak who scored first through Dmitry Vishnevsky in the eighth minute. CSKA responded at once, with Linden Vey tying the game 12 seconds later. The game remained very much alive until the midway point, tied at 2-2 until Konstantin Okulov restored CSKA’s lead on 29:58. Then it all changed. Mikhail Grigorenko’s first of the night chased Julius Hudacek from the Spartak net; replacement Pavel Khomchenko allowed two in the last two minutes of the period to see CSKA 6-2 ahead.
Martins Karsums reduced the deficit at the start of the final frame – the third time on the night that Spartak got the opening goal of a period – but Kaprizov dominated the remainder of the game as CSKA rattled up a crushing scoreline. Grigorenko finished with two goals and two assists and young defenseman Alexander Romanov caught the eye with two helpers.
Goals: 1-0 Pulkkinen (Shore 21:02); 1-1 Shmelyov (Rosen, Bertilsson 45:15); 2-1 Demkov (Pare 61:05)
Goalies: Enroth – Proskuryakov
Dinamo Minsk moved to seventh in the table as Craig Woodcroft’s team snapped a three-game losing streak. Opponent HC Sochi, meanwhile, suffered a fourth straight loss in a game that had a big influence on the race for a playoff place.
The teams met earlier this season in Sochi with the host winning 5-4 on that occasion. This time there were far fewer goals and the improved defensive discipline helped Dinamo get revenge. After a goalless first period, Teemu Pulkkinen opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and ushered in Minsk’s best spell of the game.
However, the home team was unable to add to its lead and Sergei Shmelyov tied the scores early in the third. A share of the points seemed fair on the balance of play, but overtime demanded a winner and Artyom Demkov supplied it when he scored from the home team’s first attack of the extras. It was the 30-year-old forward’s first ever KHL goal and came, ironically, against the club he represented briefly in 2014/15.