Dinamo’s improvement continues, with the Latvians securing a third win in four games thanks to this overtime success in Kazakhstan. The visitor led three times in regulation without putting the game to bed, but a Kristaps Sotnieks strike was enough to win it in the extras.
The home team was looking to bounce back from a defeat against Admiral last time out and return to the top of the Chernyshev Division. In the early stages, it took a grip on proceedings, outshooting Dinamo 8-2 but failing to convert that advantage into goals.
In the second period, Riga punished Barys. The home team was still getting more shots, but the visitor found two goals. Rihards Marenis got his first of the season to give Dinamo the lead and Lauris Darzins restored that advantage after Alikhan Asetov tied the scores.
Roman Starchenko’s power play goal tied the game at the start of the third and the teams traded further tallies through Carter Ashton and Asetov’s second of the night. That was the young Kazakh’s first double in the KHL, but it wasn’t enough to get the win as Sotnieks fired home the decider in the 64th minute.
CSKA was the red-hot favorite for this Moscow derby – but the league leader had an almighty battle to overcome Dynamo.
Every true derby clash should feature a controversial clash or two, and Wednesday’s game wasted no time providing that as CSKA’s Linden Vey was ejected in the ninth minute after hooking Vyacheslav Kulyomin between the legs. The major penalty resulted in Dynamo taking the lead when Vadim Shipachyov set up Andre Petersson for a wrister past Ilya Sorokin.
If Dynamo enjoyed the better of the first period – helped by that long power play – CSKA gained momentum in the second. The visitor tied the scores early in the frame through Anton Slepyshev, whose great movement in the Dynamo zone gave him a yard of space in front of the net.
Maxim Mamin put CSKA in front after five minutes of the third period. Dynamo was pressing but Michal Cajkovsky’s shot was charged down by Pavel Karnaukhov and the puck dropped for Sergei Tolchinsky to break into Blue-and-White territory. He was supported by Mamin and picked out his team mate for the go-ahead goal.
The host refused to give up and did everything but score a tying goal during a fantastic sequence of play with eight minutes left. In the space of a single shift, Dynamo hit both posts and then the crossbar as Sorokin’s goal led a charmed life amid a fusillade of efforts from Dmitrij Jaskin, Kirill Lyamin and Vladimir Bryukvin. The officials, though, were content that not one of the efforts threatened to cross the goal line and CSKA held on.
Spartak suffered a second successive home loss, having gone down against Amur in Monday’s game. Sibir, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak to move to fifth in the East.
The visitor made the brighter start and had the better of a goalless first period. Spartak only began to generate much offense late in the frame when it got on the power play, but the home team carried that momentum into the second session and went in front in the 23rd minute through Artyom Fyodorov.
In the third period, though, Sibir turned it around. Spartak was caught trying to bring the puck out of its zone and Viktor Komarov set up Evgeny Chesalin for the tying goal. Then, 10 minutes later, Alexander Sharov fired Sibir in front and the visitor calmly played out the remaining minutes to secure the win.
Metallurg jumped to ninth in the Eastern Conference, just two points off a playoff spot, thanks to a battling overtime win at Sochi. The host, meanwhile, slipped to a fifth straight loss and is now only three points clear of Dinamo Riga, the league’s basement club.
Magnitka led three times in regulation here but was pegged back on each occasion. Yegor Korobkin started it off in the third minute. The 21-year-old opened the scoring with his first KHL goal in only his ninth appearance for Metallurg. Robert Rosen brought the home team level but Pavel Dorofeyev restored the visitor’s lead late in the first period.
Sochi responded immediately when an Alexei Petrov goal less than a minute into the second session but Brandon Kozun made it 3-2 soon afterwards. It remained that way until early in the third, with Metallurg having the better of the play but failing to extend its lead. Yury Alexandrov brought Sochi level in the 45th minute and the home team dominated the third period without finding a winning goal.