Barys kept up its impressive recent form with a convincing win at Vityaz. Linus Videll led the scoring with two goals and an assist, Corban Knight potted a goal and three helpers and Curtis Valk had 1+1 as the visiting offense impressed in Podolsk.
The Kazakhs made a strong start but two quick penalties midway through the first period handed the initiative to Vityaz. The home team took advantage, going in front through Jakub Jerabek in the 14th minute.
However, Knight tied the game late in the first period, also on the power play, and the middle frame belonged entirely to the visitor. Valk gave Barys the lead in the 25th minute, Videll’s first of the evening extended the advantage and chased Ilya Ezhov from the net. Dmitry Shevchenko proceeded to score on incoming goalie Igor Saprykin seconds before the intermission.
With the game as good as won, Barys was unable to recreate the same intensity in the final third. But Vityaz never looked like recovering: a Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov goal never seemed likely to be more than a consolation effort and Videll had the final say to make the final score 5-2 to the visitor.
Spartak struggled for two periods in this game but came roaring back to save itself in the third before going on to grab an overtime winner.
In the early exchanges, Sochi did a good job of restricting the home team’s chances. In the first two periods, Spartak managed just 13 shots at Ilya Proskuryakov’s net. The host’s slow start was partly due to the loss of Maxim Goncharov, who took a game misconduct penalty for interference in the third minute. Sochi did not exactly pepper Julius Hudacek with shots either, but the visitor was able to convert that major penalty thanks to Denis Mosalyov – a player well-known to Spartak head coach Oleg Znarok.
The second period was similar. Spartak had more of the possession, but Sochi frustrated the home offense and took its chances when they came. Andrei Altybarmakyan was the key player, getting an assist as Malte Stromwall made it 2-0 then scoring the third himself.
Spartak needed an instant response – and got it thanks to Ansel Galimov’s goal after 43 minutes. Suddenly, that aura of invincibility around the visiting defense was shattered and within 10 minutes the scores were tied at 3-3 thanks to further markers from Akim Trishin and Denis Kokarev. Trishin’s goal was his first in the KHL.
Having saved the game once, though, the Red-and-Whites had to do it again. Stromwall put Sochi 4-3 ahead with five minutes to play, but Yakov Rylov responded almost immediately to send us to overtime.