Dynamo tends to enjoy its visits from Sibir; the Muscovites last lost to this opponent more than seven years ago. Today’s game, with the Siberians on a three-game losing streak and Dynamo looking to build on Thursday’s overtime success against Barys, continued the trend.
The home team took the initiative from the start and went in front in the eighth minute. Sibir goalie Alexei Krasikov had a good view of Sergei Boikov’s shot and was primed to stop it, but a slight deflection took it over his glove and into the net. Next, Dmitrij Jaskin extended his productive run to nine games with an assist as Daniil Tarasov made it 2-0. Tarasov’s slow start to the season is all but forgotten as he, too, has hit form: points in eight out of his last nine games, eight goals and six assists in that time.
The middle frame was goalless, but Dynamo increased its lead early in the third through Andre Petersson. The Swede has two goals in three games since his return from injury. That prompted something of a Sibir fightback, with Jyrki Jokipakka and Yaroslav Khabarov making it a one-goal game with five minutes to play. In between those Sibir goals, Tarasov fluffed a penalty shot, but he ruled out any late drama with an empty net goal off another Jaskin assist.
Spartak travelled to Nizhnekamsk without the suspended Maxim Goncharov, while forwards Alexander Khokhlachyov and Martins Karsums were also absent from the roster. But the Red-and-Whites bounced back from Thursday’s defeat in Riga to send Neftekhimik spinning to a second successive loss.
The home team’s club record winning streak came to an end at Lokomotiv in the previous game and Neftekhimik fell behind in the 11th minute to an Artyom Fyodorov goal. The middle stanza followed a similar pattern to the first, with Spartak shading the play but making much more of its chances. Goals from Ansel Galimov and Mikhail Yunkov put the visitor up 3-0.
Neftekhimik raised its game in the third and finally solved Julius Hudacek in the Spartak net. But Damir Sharipzyanov’s goal could not trigger a fightback and Fyodorov’s second of the night ensured that Spartak took the win.
Lokomotiv’s Swedish combo was in fine form as the fast-improving Railwaymen handed Ufa a heavy beating. Anton Lander scored two goals and an assist, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson had 1+1. In the last three games, the pair have combined for 12 (7+5) points as Lokomotiv scored 13 goals and allowed just four.
Although Salavat Yulaev arrived on the back of an impressive 5-2 win at CSKA, Lokomotiv started faster. The first period saw the home team top the shot count 15-3 and it got its rewards thanks to goals from Stepan Sannikov and Nikolai Kovalenko.
The visitor responded well and a neat move at the start of the second period saw Teemu Hartikainen halve the deficit. But that brought the Swedes to the table. Lander made it 3-1 off a Paajarvi-Svensson assist, then the latter got his second KHL goal early in the third period. Lander wrapped it up late on to seal an emphatic win.
Avangard escaped from Minsk with victory after tying the game 15 seconds before the hooter. Dinamo was close to securing a third successive victory but Sven Andrighetto’s late goal denied Craig Woodcroft’s team the verdict.
After two scoreless periods, Ryan Spooner finally broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute with a short-handed tally. He intercepted the puck in his own zone and streaked up the ice to win his duel with Igor Bobkov. His opposite number, Jhonas Enroth, faced a busy evening: 40 shots on his net over the course of the game as Avangard piled forward but could not find the net despite wave after wave of offense.
However, Avangard struck back in the last minute when Andrighetto tied the scores in fortuitous fashion. Slava Voynov’s point shot crashed into the boards and the Swiss forward attempted to steer the rebound to the slot. Instead, the puck bounced off Jhonas Enroth’s skate and into the net to make it 1-1.
In the extras, Bobkov produced a big pad save to deny Spooner a second, game-winning goal when he was sent clean through in similar circumstances to his earlier goal. In the aftermath, Kirill Semyonov tripped the forward to give Dinamo a 4-on-3 advantage and that power play saw Andrei Kostitsyn bring another good save from Bobkov as he got his stick to a tempting feed from Spooner.
And Bobkov reigned supreme in the shoot-out, saving all five Minsk attempts and ensuring that Sergei Shirokov’s successful attempt was enough to win it.