Goals: 1-0 Miller (2:18 PP); 2-0 Brule (Yip, Miller 9:35 PP); 2-1 Shiksatdarov (Khafizov, Khisamutdinov 47:04)
Goalies: Hrubec – Barulin (Sharychenkov 4:15-9:35)
Red Star played its first game at its regular home in the Chinese capital and picked up a valuable 2-1 victory over Neftekhimik at the Shougang Arena.
The home team made a fast start, opening the scoring on a power play goal from Andrew Miller as early as the third minute and extending that lead when Gilbert Brule redirected another Miller effort midway through the first period.
Neftekhimik, though, cut out the penalties that gave it so many problems at the start of the game and piled the pressure on home goalie Simon Hrubec. The Czech made 30 saves to preserve Kunlun’s lead, but was beaten by a well-taken goal from Ildar Shiksatdarov midway through the third period.
Goals: 0-1 Dietz (Mikhailis, Tangradi 11:42); 1-1 Manninen (Omark 34:49); 1-2 Valk (Dietz, Mikhailis 44:18 PP)
Goalies: Metsola – Pasquale
Barys moved to the top of the Chernyshev Division with victory in Ufa. The home team was unable to bounce back from a heavy loss to Metallurg in its previous game as Andrei Skabelka’s team built on a convincing scoreline against Severstal.
The visitor enjoyed the better of the game in the first period and converted that supremacy into a one-goal lead when Darren Dietz fired one in from between the hash marks. It wasn’t until the end of the first period that the host started to show signs of a team game, rather than relying on individual skill, but the tying goal did not arrive until well into the second period.
Sakari Manninen, centering the first line, was the scorer. The Finn converted a Linus Omark assist to claim his first goal of the current season and his first since joining Salavat Yulaev from Jokerit. However, it wasn’t enough to save the game. A power play saw Curtis Valk restore the Barys lead early in the third period and that proved to be the winner.
Goals: 1-0 Popov (Menshikov 31:09); 2-0 Kosov (Karlin, Tridchikov 46:42); 2-1 Shipachyov (Hietanen, Cajkovsky 50:40 PP); 2-2 Cajkovsky (Igumnov, Shipachyov 53:11); 3-2 Kosov (Karlin, Karpukhin 57:41)
Goalies: Demchenko – Bocharov
Two goals from Yaroslav Kosov saw Traktor to victory over Dynamo in a game that could have gone either way.
There was little evidence of the exciting finale to come as the teams created few chances in the first half-hour. That changed when Andrei Popov gave Traktor the lead. The play started with a highlight reel save from Vasily Demchenko to deny Dmitrij Jaskin and continued with former Dynamo man Vitaly Menshikov setting up Popov for the opener.
Kosov extended the home lead early in the third, but Dynamo hit back with a couple of quick goals. Vadim Shipachyov scored on the power play, registering his 199th KHL goal, then assisted as Michal Cajkovsky tied the game a few minutes later. The visitor had chances to win it but Demchenko denied Dynamo at one end before Kosov popped up at the other to condemn the Muscovites to a fifth loss in six games.
Goals: 1-0 Monakhov (Yakimov, Khabarov 11:28); 2-0 Provolnev (Vovchenko 38:00); 3-0 Grachyov (Zakharchuk, Sizov 46:00); 3-1 Fyodorov (Rylov, Leshchenko 53:02); 3-2 Rylov (59:40)
Goalies: Podyapolsky – Hudacek (Bespalov 46:00)
Spartak’s recent run has seen it get the better of Vityaz and SKA, but Oleg Znarok’s team slipped to defeat in Cherepovets as the home team ended a two-game losing streak.
Spartak had the better of the first period but fell behind to the only goal of the opening frame when Sergei Monakhov scored in the 12th minute. The second stanza was more even, but again Severstal got the only goal as Vladislav Provolnev scored on his former club to claim his second of the season.
Early in the third, German Grachyov made it 3-0 for the home team, chasing Julius Hudacek from the net as he returned to the club where he made his reputation in the KHL. That change bore fruit for Spartak. The Red-and-Whites failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play, but just seconds after Severstal was back to full strength, Artyom Fyodorov made it 3-1. Yakov Rylov added another for the visitor, but with 20 seconds left to play there was no time to complete the fightback.
Goals: 0-1 Larichev (Chernov 3:12); 1-1 Howden (Varnakov, Alyayev 25:47); 1-2 Jormakka (Lajunen, Aaltonen 27:13); 2-2 Zhafyarov (Schroeder, Tikhomirov 34:03 SH); 3-2 Orlov (Barantsev, Bocharov 41:50); 4-2 Varnakov (Zhafyarov, Schroeder 51:24 PP)
Goalies: Tikhomirov – Ezhov
Torpedo prevented Vityaz from returning to the top of the table after coming from behind twice on its way to victory in Nizhny Novgorod.
This season’s surprise package took an early lead in its latest road game when Ivan Larichev’s shot got through Andrei Tikhomirov’s defenses in the fourth minute. That was the only score of the opening stanza, but Torpedo tied it up early in the second when Mikhail Varnakov found Quinton Howden in the left-hand circle and the Canadian’s wrister was too good for Ilya Ezhov.
Vityaz responded almost immediately with its Finnish imports combining to restore the lead. Miro Aaltonen fed Ville Lajunen on the point and after his shot was save, Pekka Jormakka gobbled up the rebound. However, the lead did not last all that long and a short-handed goal from Damir Zhafyarov sent the teams into the intermission tied at 2-2.
The third period began with Torpedo on the power play and despite a successful PK from Vityaz, the next goal was not long in coming. The home team continued to move the puck smoothly around the visitor’s zone and Mikhail Orlov skated into position to fire home his team’s third of the night. A power play tally from Varnakov extended the lead midway through the frame and Vityaz could not find a way back.
Goals: 1-0 Ashton (3:22 PP); 2-0 Meija (Sotnieks 7:09); 2-1 Yeryomenko (Gragnani 7:20); 3-1 Ashton (Meija 9:38); 3-2 Kostitsyn (52:25 PP)
Goalies: Makarov – Tolopilo
After an eight-game losing streak, Dinamo Riga urgently needed a pick-me-up – and Carter Ashton duly obliged with two goals to set his team on the road to victory against Dinamo Minsk.
Ashton’s goals came in a whirlwind opening 10 minutes of this game as the Latvians jumped to a 3-1 lead. The Canadian hadn’t scored since the first game of the season but he began by grabbing a power play goal in the fourth minute after an Oskars Bartulis shot bounced back off the boards.
Then came two goals in 11 seconds. Kristaps Sotnieks went around the back of the Minsk net and fed Gints Meija for a shot that whipped past debutant goalie Nikita Tolopilo, but at the other end Marc-Andre Gragnani set up fellow blue liner Vladislav Yeryomenko for his first KHL goal. Ashton provided a swift response, though, firing home from the slot after Meija’s rapid break down the left.
That might have spelled the end for Tolopilo, but Craig Woodcroft kept faith with the 19-year-old and the youngster grew into the game. Minsk also looked to take the action to the opposition, especially in a one-sided final frame that saw Riga limited to a solitary shot on goal. However, a power play goal from Andrei Kostitsyn was the only reward as Riga held on to take the verdict.