The first game of the day brought together two teams defending three-game unbeaten runs. But it was the visitor that extended that streak with a 2-0 verdict that returns Barys to the top of the Chernyshev Division.
After a goalless first period, Barys took control in the second. The pressure on Harri Sateri’s net was so intense that home head coach Nikolai Zavarukhin even called a time out in the hope of breaking the flow of Barys’ game. However, there was little change; Sateri continued to defy the visiting offense until the 38th minute, but once Nikita Mikhailis produced a superb pass from behind the net, Corban Knight had a straightforward job opening the scoring.
Sibir’s chances of recovering took a serious blow early in the third. Darren Dietz set up 24-year-old Arkady Shestakov for his first KHL goal, awarded after a video review. From that point on, game management was the key and Barys carefully neutralized the home offense while Eddie Pasquale collected his first shut-out in the league with 24 saves.
After a stuttering start to the season, Jokerit is finding its form. This was a fifth successive victory for the Finns and Lauri Marjamaki’s team moves to fifth in the Western Conference.
The Belarusians had defeated the Finns 5-0 in Minsk earlier this season but encountered a rather different Jokerit this time around. Midway through the first period Jesse Joensuu opened the scoring when he went coast to coast. Admittedly, he enjoyed some good fortune: his attempted pass for Marko Anttila was deflected into Mikhail Karnaukhov’s net by a Dinamo defenseman.
In the middle frame, though, Dinamo turned it around. Andrei Stepanov tied the game on a power play and Alexander Kogalev found Janis Kalnins’ top corner to give the visitor the lead in the 33rd minute. However, Jokerit was still able to get plenty of time in the Minsk zone and found a way to win in the third. Veli-Matti Savinainen tied the scores with his first game since joining Jokerit from Red Star, then Brian O’Neill grabbed a short-handed game-winner with 10 to play.
CSKA maintained its winning streak against Ak Bars to consolidate its position at the top of the KHL table and slow the progress of the Eastern Conference leader. Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team suffered its second loss of the season against one of his former clubs – and once again allowed a goal from Jiri Sekac, previously with the Kazan team.
Sekac scored in the second period, rifling home a Linden Vey feed as the visitor took control of the game. The Czech now has three goals against Ak Bars this season. Before that, Bogdan Kiselevich opened the scoring midway through the first period with a curious goal that took a looping deflection before dropping over Adam Reideborn’s shoulder.
CSKA was good value for that lead, having outshot its host 11-2 in the first frame, but Ak Bars responded with a goal from Mikhail Fisenko at the start of the second period. This was a tribute to sheer determination, with Fisenko refusing to give up on a puck wedged against the side of the net and eventually forcing it into the target. The Army Men responded strongly, though. Vey needed just 16 second to restore the lead, Sekac extended it and Kiselevich got his second of the night to make it 4-1.
Ak Bars changed goalies for the third period, bringing in Timur Bilyalov. Proactive coaching had a galvanizing effect and Kazan got a bit of hope. Patrice Cormier reduced the deficit with 10 minutes to play and the home team went through the gears to start piling the pressure on the Army Men’s net. After three minutes with the puck barely leaving the Moscow zone, Igor Nikitin called a time-out in the hope of calming his team down. That gambit paid off, with Konstantin Okulov making it 5-2 in the 53rd minute and stifling the fightback almost before it began.
Salavat Yulaev bounced back from a two-game losing run to edge Torpedo in a shoot-out after a tight game in Nizhny Novgorod. Andrei Kareyev won all his duels in the shoot-out to claim his first victory of the season for Ufa, with Dmitry Kugryshev and Ilya Baranov beating Andrei Tikhomirov at the other end.
Earlier, Alexander Burmistrov opened the scoring midway through the first period. He put Ufa in front with his first goal of the season. Linus Omark thought he had extended that lead late in the second period when he fired the puck out from behind the net and got a kind bounce off the back of Tikhomirov. However, the video showed that the puck did not cross the line and it remained a one-goal game.
Reprieved, Torpedo tied things up in the third thanks to Mikhail Orlov’s second goal in two games. The defenseman took up an advanced position to meet Anton Shenfeld’s pass in the circle and find Kareyev’s top corner. However, that was not enough to save the host from only its second loss on home ice this season.