Admiral missed the chance to close on the playoff places when it suffered a heavy loss at Avtomobilist. The Sailors ended a five-game losing streak on Tuesday and would have moved level on points with eight-placed Sibir if they won here, but the Motormen were too strong.
The home team needed just 62 seconds to open the scoring, with Peter Holland getting the first goal of the evening following a rebound from a Mikhail Mamkin effort. Dan Sexton extended the lead midway through the opening stanza.
Admiral’s best chance of a recovery came in the middle session. Avtomobilist dropped the tempo and found itself under a bit of pressure for the first time in the game. However, the visitor could only manage an Alexander Mereskin goal and trailed going into the third.
The home team raised its game once more in that final frame, outshooting the Sailors 13-3. Georgy Belousov and Brooks Macek put the game out of reach with two quick goals before Martin Bakos and Anatoly Golyshev traded late markers to make the final score 5-2.
Amur’s brave fightback fell just short as the visitor left itself with too much to do in the third period. Metallurg took the verdict after opening a 4-0 lead but was left hanging on in the closing stages.
The first period was somewhat overshadowed by the reception for Pavel Dorofeyev, back in Magnitogorsk with a silver medal from the recent World Junior Championship. He returned to the Metallurg team in place of Denis Parshin, but it was Bogdan Potekhin who got the only goal of the opening frame.
In the second session, though, Magnitka picked up the pace and scored three unanswered goals. Dennis Rasmussen doubled the lead early in the frame with a power play goal then Potekhin potted his second of the night and Andrej Nestrasil added a fourth. The latter two goals came just 95 seconds apart, Nestrasil’s was scored on the power play.
However, when Potekhin took a minor penalty early in the third, Amur began a comeback. Alexander Gorshkov converted the power play, Hynek Zohorna produced a fine pass from behind the net to set up Pavel Turbin midway through the frame and Danil Faizullin squeezed the puck past Vasily Demchenko from a tight angle to make it a one-goal game. With more than three minutes left to play, it was an anxious moment for Metallurg but the home team managed to hold on to its lead.
Torpedo picked up its first victory of 2020 as Ak Bars was unable to return to the top of the KHL table. Two goals apiece from Anton Shenfeld and Danil Veryayev saw the visitor recover from a first-period deficit to claim a comfortable win.
The home team had few problems in the first period, keeping Torpedo at bay and going in front thanks to a goal from Vladimir Galuzin in the ninth minute. Galuzin, who spent 12 years with Torpedo, got his first goal for Kazan against the club where he began his career.
However, once in front Ak Bars struggled to maintain its intensity. When Shenfeld tied the scores early in the second period it was noticeable that two home forwards were distant from the action. By contrast, Torpedo was committing its players to the fray at both ends and the second goal came as Veryayev lined up a shot supported by two team-mates flanking Timur Bilyalov in the home net.
Shenfeld got an assist on the go-ahead goal and extended Torpedo’s lead in the third. This time, he capitalized on uncertain defense, seized the puck and scored all by himself. Ak Bars tried to drive forwards once again, but to little avail; in the closing moments Veryayev got his second and Shenfeld collected another assist to have a hand in all four goals.