SKA completed its Far East tour with a third victory, wrapping up its longest trip of the season with a full six-point haul. However, this was second game in a row that Alexei Kudashov’s team needed overtime to secure the verdict.
The visitor had the better of the first period but was unable to open the scoring. Then, in the second period, Admiral got the first power play of the game and duly broke the deadlock through Swedish defenseman Adam Almqvist. However, SKA matched achievement when Maxim Karpov tied the game on the Army Men’s first power play of the afternoon.
The third frame was similar to the first: SKA had more of the play and Juho Olkinuora was the busier of the two goalies, but there was no addition to the scoreline until overtime. Then Sergei Plotnikov got free of the home defense to fire home the winning goal.
A powerful third-period performance saw Amur snap its four-game losing streak in decisive fashion and move off the foot of the Eastern Conference.
Hynek Zohorna got the game-winner, needing just nine seconds to convert a power play midway through the final frame and put Amur up 2-1. Within a minute, Alexander Gorshkov increased the lead as Jokerit went roaring up the ice in search of an equalizer and failed to marshal much of a defense. Then Tomas Zohorna added a fourth, assisted by his brother, as Amur completed a flurry of three goals in 105 seconds to take the game away from Jokerit.
That came in stark contrast with the first two periods. The first session was evenly matched, and only Jesse Joensuu’s one-timer separated the teams at the intermission. The second saw some opportunities for Amur’s power play and Igor Rudenkov used one of them to tie the game.
Red Star got its first ever regular season victory over Metallurg thanks to a battling display in Beijing. A committed defensive performance built the foundations for a 3-1 success secured by goals in the third period from Spencer Foo and Luke Lockhart.
The teams came into the game in contrasting form – five straight wins for Magnitka, three successive losses for Kunlun – but the first period was an even, hard-fought affair with few clear chances. That changed at the start of the middle frame when Adam Cracknell and Ryan Sproul passed their way around the Metallurg defense before the forward’s fifth goal of the season put the home team ahead.
Metallurg tied it up late in the session with a power play goal from Eric O’Dell – two in two games for the Canadian, now – but the final frame went the host’s way. Foo restored the lead, following up his own shot and scoring off Tyler Wong’s pass. And Wong impressed behind the net for a second time, picking out Lockhart for the third goal late in the game, killing off hopes of a Metallurg fightback.
Avtomobilist’s revival continues to pick up pace, while Traktor drops to the foot of the Eastern Conference after a fourth successive loss.
However, it took two late goals from the visitor to condemn recently-appointed Chelyabinsk head coach Vladimir Yurzinov to a third defeat since taking charge of the team. It was Pavel Datsyuk who made the difference, producing a masterpiece of an assist to pick out the unmarked Georgy Belousov to snap a 2-2 tie with three-and-a-half minutes to play. Then Nigel Dawes wrapped it up in the 59th minute. Both Dawes and Datsyuk have been among the points in the last four games as Avto embarks on its current winning streak.
Earlier, though, this was a close affair. A defensive error helped the visitor open the scoring in the first period, with Vyacheslav Litovchenko taking advantage of a breakdown in the home D. The second period saw the Motormen try to raise the tempo, but despite a flurry of efforts on the home net the only scoring came from Fyodor Malykhin as he tied the scores.
The start of the third period saw the teams trade two more goals when Lukas Sedlak swiftly cancelled out Andrei Obidin’s marker for Avto. But the verdict was decided in the closing stages as the visitor seized the points late in the game.
Torpedo woke up in the second half of this game to claw back a 0-2 deficit and blow away Vityaz. The visitor slipped to fourth successive loss, caught out by an opponent with an ever-growing reputation for coming from behind to win.
There were signs of the coming goal explosion even as Vityaz took a 1-0 lead in the first period. An early goal from Evgeny Mons was followed by long spells of home dominance and Pyotr Kochetkov made 22 saves in the opening frame alone.
The second stanza was more evenly contested and, for a time, it seemed that the visitor had weathered the storm and established a winning position. Jakub Jerabek’s power play goal made it 2-0 and Kochetkov was still keeping the home offense at bay. But a goal rush brought five goals in six minutes, helped by penalty trouble for Vityaz that included Evgeny Artyukhin’s removal from the game.
Sergei Zborovsky’s power play got Torpedo on the board, Mikhail Varnakov tied it up and Artyukhin was sent to the locker room for kneeing after that play. Torpedo scored three times on his major penalty with Jordan Schroeder, Damir Zhafyarov and Denis Barantsev taking the game away from the visitor. There was a second goal for Zhafyarov midway through the third as Torpedo finished with a flourish.
HC Sochi put an end to Dinamo’s mini revival after coming from behind to win this clash between two teams struggling to stay in touch with the Western Conference playoff race. The host won its last two games to move off the foot of the table, while Sochi had suffered two losses and went into action seven points adrift of eighth-placed Jokerit.
At first, it seemed that the Latvians would be getting the better of the game. Uvis Balinskis opened the scoring in the sixth minute, with Alexander Protapovich getting an assist for his first ever point in the KHL. The 23-year-old forward joined Riga from Avtomobilist during the international break.
However, that bright start could not be sustained. Sochi took the game to its host after falling behind and enjoyed a significant territorial advantage over the first two periods. In the third, the pressure paid off at last. Yury Alexandrov tied the scores midway through the frame and Malte Stromwall put the Leopards in front in the 54th minute.