When Neftekhimik meets Dynamo, look out for goals! Less than a week after the teams shared nine in Moscow, the Blue-and-Whites came to Tatarstan and took revenge in a 10-goal classic. Dmitrij Jaskin led the way for the visitor with two goals and an assist as he extended his productive streak to 10 games.
The game much resembled last week’s match-up in Moscow. For the first two periods, the visitor was well on top with Dynamo powering to a 5-1 lead. Jaskin added to Igor Polygalov’s opener to give the Muscovites a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes. Ildar Shiksatdarov pulled one back, but three markers late in the middle frame seemed to have the game well beyond Neftekhimik. Jaskin and Polygalov both got their second of the night, Andrei Alexeyev also hit the target.
In the third, though, despite a Juuso Hietanen effort on the power play early on, Dynamo found itself facing down an improbable comeback. Neftekhimik belatedly got its offense into gear and scored three goals in the last three minutes to reduce the deficit before running out of time.
Two goals from Dmitry Markovin handed struggling Severstal a huge boost with an overtime victory at CSKA. The Steelmen, who were bottom of the Western Conference before the game, snapped a 10-game losing streak and now have road wins at both of last season’s Gagarin Cup finalists. CSKA, meanwhile, slipped to a fourth straight loss and the team’s blip is in danger of becoming a slump.
It was a victory that owed much to two players. Goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky made 35 saves while Markovin got the two goals. After CSKA dominated the first period, outshooting Severstal 16-3, Markovin opened the scoring when Severstal got its first power play. Kirill Kaprizov watched on from the box as the visitor took the lead and his team-mates’ frustrations increased along with his as the visiting defense held out until late in the game. Severstal even killed a 3-on-5 situation early in the third. Then Kaprizov tied it up in the 55th minute and it seemed that the home team would escape, even if it needed overtime to secure the win.
But Markovin had other ideas. The 24-year-old produced a fine individual effort to claim his second of the game – and only his fourth of the season – to give Severstal the verdict in the extras.
Sergei Shirokov produced a contender for goal of the season as Avangard defeated Salavat Yulaev. The forward struck midway through the second period, beating visiting goalie Juha Metsola without even taking a shot.
The play started in Avangard’s zone when a misplaced pass invited Shirokov to intercept and streak up the ice for a one-on-one against the Finnish goalie. On his approach to the net, Shirokov produced a perfect deke – in the style of Nikita Kucherov, one of the top Russian NHLers – to send the puck through the five-hole without the need for any kind of shot.
That goal made it 2-0 on the night following another pretty goal from Alexei Potapov midway through the first period. Ufa responded late in the middle frame through Linus Omark but a Taylor Beck goal right on the hooter sent Avangard to the intermission with a 3-1 lead. Yegor Martynov added a fourth as the host recorded its fifth win in six games.