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Neftekhimik produced clinical offense and battling defense to shoot down Ak Bars 4-2 and extend its winning streak to eight games. Kirill Kaprizov’s 300th appearance in the KHL ended in victory at Barys and another goal for the forward. Lokomotiv defeated SKA for the second time in a week, Jokerit got the better of Torpedo at the third attempt and Pavel Datsyuk was on target again as Avtomobilist won at Traktor. Admiral sank Spartak’s winning streak with a 4-3 verdict in Moscow and Vityaz got back to winning ways at home to Severstal.

Kaprizov marks 300th game with goal and win

Barys Nur-Sultan 0 CSKA Moscow 3 (0-0, 0-1, 0-2)

Barys slipped to a fifth successive defeat as Kirill Kaprizov marked his 300th KHL appearance with a goal to wrap up a comfortable win.

The home team handed a debut to new signing Linus Videll but proved unable to find a way past Ilya Sorokin in the visitor’s net. Sorokin was at his busiest in the second period, as Barys created several clear-cut opportunities without finding a way to take the lead.

After failing to score on the Army Men, Barys then allowed a goal at the other end when Bogdan Kiselevich beat Eddie Pasquale just 57 seconds from the end of the middle frame. In the third, Barys continued to create chances but was still unable to get on the scoreboard. Late goals from Mikhail Grigorenko and Kaprizov settled the outcome in favor of the defending champion.

Datsyuk strike helps Avto to victory

Traktor Chelyabinsk 3 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 5 (0-2, 1-3, 2-0)

Pavel Datsyuk and Vitaly Kravtsov both scored in this game but Avtomobilist was too strong for Traktor. Andrei Martemyanov’s team built on Thursday’s win at Barys and climbed to 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The visitor had this game won inside the first 40 minutes. Although the play was even in the first period, Avto took its chances to go to the intermission with a 2-0 lead. Alexei Vasilevsky opened the scoring and Vyacheslav Litovchenko doubled the lead with a goal in his 400th KHL appearance. In the middle frame, the visitor took complete control. Datsyuk scored for the second game in a row, adding to his first-period assist, and further tallies from Nigel Dawes and Andrei Obidin extended the lead. Youngster Demid Mansurov scored his second KHL goal in the middle of all that to keep Traktor interested, but the intermission arrived with the Motormen 5-1 in front.

In the third period, Kravtsov got his first goal since returning to Traktor on loan from New York. That sparked a mini revival, with Yaroslav Kosov scoring another 27 seconds later. However, there was no way back for the host as Avto took the verdict.

Spartak suffers first loss in seven

Spartak Moscow 3 Admiral Vladivostok 4 (1-1, 2-1, 0-2)

Admiral ended Spartak’s six-game winning run and jumped up to sixth in a congested Eastern Conference table. The Red-and-Whites missed out on a club record winning streak in the KHL after two third-period goals turned the game around.

Photo: 02.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Spartak (Moscow) - Admiral (Vladivostok)

It wasn’t a great day for late arrivals at the arena; the teams traded two goals in the first two minutes. Artyom Fyodorov opened the scoring on 1:12, but Konstantin Glazachev drew Admiral level just 37 seconds later. After that fast start, Admiral went on to have the better of the session but Julius Hudacek ensured there was no further scoring.

The second period began with Spartak once again fluffing its lines on the power play before Alexander Osipov struck to put Admiral in front against his former club. Three more power play chances went begging before the home team turned the game around with two goals in a minute. Mikhail Kotlyarevsky tied the game before Kaspars Daugavins made it 3-2 after getting to a rebound first.

It wasn’t enough. Alexander Streltsov tied the game in the 47th minute before Admiral showed how a power play should be executed. Denis Vikharev converted the opportunity and his goal proved to be the game-winner.

No fightback for Torpedo this time

Jokerit Helsinki 3 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0)

Jokerit snapped a two-game losing streak to defeat Torpedo and moved level on points with its Western Conference rival. On Thursday, the Finns unveiled a Hallowe’en inspired uniform only suffer something of a horror show in a 1-4 reverse at the hands of Lokomotiv. Today the same kit was back on the ice, but the result was more encouraging.

Brian O’Neill opened the scoring midway through the first period, but Torpedo tied it up through Jordan Schroeder late in the session. That might have set alarm bells ringing for the host: in two previous encounters, Jokerit had led convincingly, only to be reeled in and lose in a shoot-out. When Schroeder forced a fine save from Janis Kalnins early in the second period, it seemed entirely possible that Torpedo could claim a comeback victory once again.

This time, though, there was no repeat. The second period was evenly-match but Mikko Lehtonen’s power play late in the frame put Jokerit in front. Henri Ikonen added a third midway through the final stanza and the home team closed out the game effectively.

Vityaz snaps losing streak

Vityaz Moscow Region 2 Severstal Cherepovets 1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1)

After such a bright start to the season, Vityaz hit a slump with a run of five successive losses. However, Mikhail Kravets’ team bounced back today, picking up a win over Severstal to snap that losing streak and bring back the feel-good factor to Podolsk.

Photo: 02.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Vityaz (Moscow Region) - Severstal (Cherepovets)

Alexei Makeyev was the key figure. He scored twice, either side of the first intermission, to give Vityaz a 2-1 lead. Alexander Semin assisted on both, finding Makeyev with a diagonal pass for the opener then teeing up Ville Lajunen for a point shot that was spilled into the path of the goalscorer for number two.

Severstal responded midway through the third with a power play goal from Adam Liska as Yury Trubachyov put up a screen on home goalie Ilya Ezhov. The visitor dominated the final moments and topped the shot count 17-2 in the third period but was unable to force the game into overtime.

Eighth straight win brings derby joy for Neftekhimik

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4 Ak Bars Kazan 2 (1-0, 3-0, 0-2)

Neftekhimik extended its club record winning streak to eight games with an impressive victory over Tatarstan rival Ak Bars. This derby encounter was the perfect chance for Vyacheslav Butsayev’s team to demonstrate its class against the Eastern Conference leader, and the home team did not disappoint – at least not for the first two periods.

Alexander Chernikov opened the scoring in the sixth minute, redirecting a Denis Kazionov shot into the net. At the other end, Ak Bars had possession but few chances and produced little that troubled former Kazan goalie Konstantin Barulin.

The visitor started the second period on the front foot, eager to cancel out the home team’s advantage. But the reverse happened as three unanswered goals put Neftekhimik in complete control. That trio came in the space of five minutes towards the end of the frame as Marat Khairullin, Pavel Poryadin and Andrei Sergeyev took the game away from the Conference leader.

True, it wasn’t a perfect performance. The third period was utterly dominated by an Ak Bars team determined to get back into the game. Over 20 minutes, the visitor had a 20-0 advantage on the shot count and benefited from a major penalty after Khairullin was ejected for slew-footing. Patrice Cormier had already pulled a goal back then Danis Zaripov quickly scored on that power play and with eight minutes to play there was a way back for the visitor. However, it wasn’t to be. Barulin stood tall in his net and his defense blocked 12 shots to close out the win.

Kudashov loses to Loko again

SKA St. Petersburg 1 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)

SKA head coach Alexei Kudashov suffered defeat against his former club for the second time this season, putting the skids under a recent return to winning ways. The Army Men had bounced back from a club record five-game losing streak by edging shoot-out verdicts against Severstal and Vityaz but could not keep that progress going against a fast-improving Yaroslavl outfit.

Photo: 02.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. SKA (St.Petersburg) - Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)

The visitor did a good job in the first period, shutting down the home offense and keeping the game deadlocked until the first intermission. But the second period began with SKA taking a grip on the game and opening the scoring through Joonas Kemppainen. The Finn made a slow start to life in Petersburg but has now potted two goals in three games after Sergei Plotnikov joined his line.

SKA was dominating the play, but could not add to its score, while Lokomotiv struggled to get a look at Magnus Hellberg but conjured an equalizer late in the frame. Artur Kayumov went around the back and set up Nikolai Kovalenko for the tying goal. The key event of the game happened shortly after when Ilya Kablukov headbutted Anton Lander and was ejected from the ice at the end of the third period.

SKA resisted bravely during the major penalty but was caught out by Stephane Da Costa towards the end of the tariff. Hellberg made a terrific stop on his shot, but the puck just dribbled over the line to give Lokomotiv the lead. For the remainder of the third period, the home team battled to find a way back into the game. However, Lokomotiv held firm and, for the most part, Ilya Konovalov was blessed with a clear view of what the Army Men were creating in front of him. Even a minute of 5-on-3 play could not bring SKA back into the game and Loko left with its second win over the Petersburg team in the space of a week.

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