Red Star and Lokomotiv traded five goals in five frantic minutes of the second period as the visitor secured a comfortable victory in Beijing.
The home team was guilty of frequent defensive errors, and the Railwaymen took full advantage to win the game. Lokomotiv’s opener came midway through the first period when Red Star fluffed its attempt to play the puck out of its zone and Denis Alexeyev intercepted to score the first of the afternoon.
Then came the second-period flurry. Two goals in the 24th minute saw Ty Rattie and Pavel Kudryavtsev extend the lead to 3-0. Gilbert Brule got one back for Kunlun, then Daniil Misyul and Trevor Murphy traded markers just nine seconds apart. The Dragons were close to making it a one-goal game when a Mathew Maione clearance from deep in his own zone bounced crazily off the roof of the net and almost dropped into the net off Ilya Konovalov’s back, but the next score saw Jakub Nakladal make it 5-2 to the visitor.
The third period saw the teams trade power play goals, with Kudryavtsev getting his second of the night before Brandon Yip pulled one back for the host.
Jokerit recorded its sixth straight victory with a shoot-out success at home to Salavat Yulaev. The visitor suffered a losing start to its latest, brief road trip.
The first period was even, but Ufa got the edge when Alexander Kadeikin converted a breakaway that he fashioned with the support of Dmitry Kugryshev. It was Kadeikin’s first goal of the season, but there was a price at the other end of the ice where defenseman Grigory Panin picked up an injury during the play.
Jokerit responded with two quick goals in the second period. First, Mikko Lehtonen converted a great pass to tie the game then Petri Kontiola picked out Brian O’Neill at the back door for a power play goal. But the home lead was short-lived and within a minute Pyotr Khokhryakov made it 2-2.
There was no further scoring in the game, with chances at a premium in the third period, and Ufa introduced goalie Andrei Kareyev in place of Juha Metsola for the shoot-out. He was beaten by Jokerit’s first two attempts, from Ahti Oksanen and Brian O’Neill and Metsola returned. Salavat Yulaev got the score back to 2-2 in the shoot-out but Lehtonen eventually settled it in the home team’s favor.
SKA found some clinical finishing to get its first regulation-time win at Torpedo since March 2015 and secure back-to-back wins for the first time this month.
In the first period the Army Men scored twice from its first six shots at Andrei Tikhomirov’s net. Jori Lehtera got the first and Evgeny Ketov scored his 100th KHL goal. In between, Danil Veryayev found the target for Torpedo.
Two power play goals in the second period took the game away from the home team. Jarno Koskiranta and Maxim Karpov got the goals, Vladimir Tkachyov’s assist for the Finn extended his productive streak to five games. Sergei Plotnikov could even afford to miss a penalty shot at the end of the frame; SKA’s control would not be threatened. The visitor played out the third period without changing the scoreline.
Sochi’s wretched run prompted a change to the coaching staff. Out went head coach Sergei Zubov and in came Leonids Beresnevs for his first game in charge of a KHL team. He faced a daunting task in his debut with the Leopards: the Sochi club has never won at home to CSKA.
Beresnevs was unable to change that unwanted record against the current league leader. However, he set up a resolute defensive display that frustrated the visitor in the first period and only faltered when Sochi began taking penalties late in the second. Kirill Kaprizov was ready to take advantage, collecting his 100th KHL goal on one of those power play chances than getting his second of the game 15 seconds before the interval. Jiri Sekac assisted on that one to reach 200 points in the KHL and extend his productive run to six games.
The third period saw Lars Johansson secure his third shut-out of the season as the league leader maintained its position ahead of the pack.
Vityaz returned home after a tricky road trip and enjoyed a comfortable victory over Dinamo Minsk. While the Moscow Region team continues to battle among the leaders, the Belarusians slipped to a fourth straight defeat but remains in the top eight in the West.
There were no goals in the first period, with neither side really creating clear-cut scoring chances. But late in the second frame, Vityaz moved in front. Both teams had power play chances but in the 38th minute Artyom Shvets-Rogovoi converted one for the host, beating Mikhail Karnaukhov with the aid of a deflection.
Miro Aaltonen gave the home team some breathing space midway through the third as the home forecheck turned over the puck the in Minsk end. Ilya Ezhov made 28 saves to record his first shut-out of the season and Jakub Jerabek wrapped up the win with an empty net goal.