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Just in case anyone thought that a win over the Eastern Conference leader was a fluke, Neftekhimik backed up Saturday’s 4-2 success against Ak Bars with a 4-1 triumph over defending champion CSKA. Ak Bars moved level with the Army Men on 39 points thanks to a 2-0 victory at Severstal, and Admiral ensured that all three Eastern teams in action today got wins after a 5-2 success at Lokomotiv. The all-Western encounter between Vityaz and Torpedo ended in a shoot-out win for the visitor.

Neftekhimik delivers another shock

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4 CSKA Moscow 1 (2-0, 0-0, 2-1)

Neftekhimik’s winning streak continues and two days after shooting down the Eastern Conference leader, Vyacheslav Butsayev’s team did the same to defending champion CSKA.

This ninth successive victory for the host extended the club’s record winning streak. The scoring began midway through the first period when Ziyat Paigin converted the first power play of the game. Late in the opening frame, Jonas Enlund doubled the lead. That was the Swede’s second goal for Neftekhimik and it came against one of his former clubs.

After the intermission, CSKA came out determined to put the record straight. The visitor was absolutely dominant, limiting Neftekhimik to just three attempts on goal while home goalie Alexander Sharychenkov made 10 stops and saw a further nine shots blocked by his team-mates. The pressure finally told at the start of the third period when Linden Vey’s power play goal put CSKA right back in the game.

However, for all the Army Men’s pressure, there would be no big recovery. Neftekhimik doubled down on defense, allowing CSKA plenty of time on offense but denying good looks at Sharychenkov. And, when chances came at the other end, the home team was ready for them. Marat Khairullin made it 3-1 with five minutes to play before Ildar Shiksatdarov scored into the empty net to seal the verdict.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 Admiral Vladivostok 5 (1-1, 1-2, 0-2)

Admiral seems to have put it recent slump behind it: after losing four in a row, the Sailors now have back-to-back wins and are plotting a course towards a playoff place.

Photo: 04.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Admiral (Vladivostok)

Today’s success came at the expense of a fast-improving Lokomotiv team that was looking to improve a run of four wins in five as Mike Pelino stabilizes the club’s erratic early-season form. But, after a competitive first half of the game, the closing stages went decisively in Admiral’s favor.

After a slow start, the first period warmed up with two late goals. First, Alexander Polunin put Loko in front when he potted the rebound from a Stephane Da Costa shot. Within two minutes, though, Admiral had dinged one off the piping then tied the scores through Vasily Streltsov.

Early in the middle frame, Denis Vikharev scored on the power play to put Admiral in front. The lead was short-lived, though, as Mikhail Sidorov’s point shot was deflected into the net. The goal stood despite concerns that Juho Olkinuora was impeded on the Admiral crease.

After that, Admiral took control. Vikharev restored the lead before the intermission and refused to allow Lokomotiv to dictate play in the third. Late goals from Vladimir Butuzov and Markus Ljungh sealed the win.

Second-period surge wins it for Ak Bars

Severstal Cherepovets 0 Ak Bars Kazan 2 (0-0, 0-2, 0-0)

Two goals in a minute saw Ak Bars bounce back from Saturday’s derby loss at Neftekhimik. Severstal struggled to generate sufficient offense for long periods of the game and it was only in the final stanza that the home team really threatened. However, there was no way past Timur Bilyalov, who finished with 21 saves for his fifth shut-out of the season.

Photo: 04.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Ak Bars (Kazan)

At the other end, former Ak Bars goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky was undone twice in the 33rd minute. The opener came from Patrice Cormier with a power play strike on 32:09. After a TV pause, the game resumed and Emil Galimov went up the ice to double the visitor’s lead. It was no more than Ak Bars deserved for a second-period performance that produced 20 shots at Podyapolsky’s net and left the home team struggling to stay in the game.

Rattie’s first goal helps Torpedo snatch victory

Vityaz Moscow Region 3 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4 SO (0-0, 1-0, 2-3, 0-0, 0-1)

Ty Rattie got his first goal for Torpedo to force this game into a shoot-out. After a frantic third period, Vityaz had to kill a penalty in overtime but finally fell in the post-game shots.

Photo: 04.11.19. KHL Championship 2019-2020. Vityaz (Moscow Region) - Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod)

The former Edmonton Oiler, who came to the KHL this summer to play for Lokomotiv, struck with 10 minutes left in this game, tying the scores at 3-3. And it was all part of another fightback from a Torpedo team that is earning a reputation as a tough outfit to finish off.

It took a long time to see a goal in this game, but Vityaz scored either side of the second intermission to open a 2-0 lead. Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov and Miro Aaltonen found the net, and the home team looked well placed to record a second successive victory after snapping a long losing streak at the weekend.

Torpedo had other ideas, though. Stanislav Bocharov and Anton Shenfeld restored parity within five minutes and not even an Alexander Semin goal to restore the home lead could give Vityaz the verdict. Rattie tied it up and that was enough to take us all the way to a shoot-out. Bocharov and Shenfeld also converted their attempts in the shoot-out before Jordan Schroeder secured the win for the visitor.

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