For the first time in eight years, Severstal came away from Kazakhstan with a victory thanks to a superb first-period performance. The visitor raced to a three-goal lead in the opening stanza, but was left hanging on as Barys fought back in the second.
Severstal went in front in the first minute as Kirill Kapustin set up Igor Geraskin for a well-worked opener. Then Adam Liska scored twice to make it 3-0 after 11 minutes. However, a second-period revival saw Barys right back in the game. Midway through the session, Yegor Petukhov and Curtis Valk found the net with just 48 seconds between them.
Now the outcome was in the balance. Severstal responded by tightening up its defense and working to keep Barys to the outside. David Dumbadze had a chance to put the game out of reach but was denied by Joni Ortio. However, when Viktor Svedberg took an interference penalty in the last minute, the home team’s chances were effectively over.
CSKA made it seven wins in a row as Ufa continues to battle on without several key players. Head coach Tomi Lamsa was back behind the bench for the home team, but his Finnish players remain absent.
A half-strength host gave a good battle for the first half of the game, though. Salavat twice came from behind with power play goals from Philip Larsen and Mikhail Vorobyov cancelling out tallies from Bogdan Kiselevich and Sergei Andronov.
However, the stats pointed to a significant CSKA advantage and Mario Kempe made it 3-2 with a power play goal in the 38th minute. The Swede fired home a pass from Nikolai Goldobin and that goal proved decisive. The home team tried to generate more offense in the third, but its hopes were undone midway through the final frame when Yegor Rykov found Artyom Sergeyev on the blue line and the defenseman ripped a one-timer past Alexander Skrynnik.
Atte Ohtamaa was Loko’s overtime hero for the second game in a row. After the Finn potted his team’s winner at Spartak on Thursday, he stepped up again here to snap a 2-2 tie after two minutes of the extras.
That goal completed a fightback from 0-2. Dynamo took the lead in the first period when Yegor Bryzgalov scored his first KHL goal. The 19-year-old slotted home from a tight angle after Dmitry Kagarlitsky brought the puck out from behind the net. Early in the second, the visitor increased its lead with a power play goal from Dmitrij Jaskin.
But Loko hit back. A couple of minutes after Jaskin scored Nikita Cherepanov stepped forward from the blue line to wire a wrister past Ivan Bocharov. Then, with two minutes to play in the second period, Denis Alexeyev tied the game after good work from Artyom Ilyenko to evade Juuso Hietanen behind the Dynamo net.
The third period was cautious and neither team could find a winner. But in the extras, Ohtamaa burst through the middle and beat Bocharov at the second attempt to win it for Loko.
Neftekhimik took the verdict in the first Tatarstan derby of the season as a virus-hit Ak Bars team succumbed in overtime. The visitor, with head coach Dmitry Kvartalnov among those unavailable for Saturday’s game, led 2-1 at the halfway stage but was unable to hold on to that advantage.
Recent history hasn’t favored Ak Bars in this fixture. The previous three regular season visits to Nizhnekamsk ended in defeat and the first period saw the home team dominate play without scoring. Neftekhimik put that right early in the second stanza when Vladimir Galuzin scored on the power play.
However, Ak Bars hit back. A minute later, Alexander Burmistrov tied the scores and Stephane Da Costa made it 2-1 in the 30th minute. In between those two goals, Ak Bars also changed its goalie with Timur Bilyalov giving way to debutant Artur Akhtyamov. The 18-year-old made an immediate impact when he did enough to stop Ildar Shiksatdarov scoring from a penalty shot. However, he was powerless — and let down by his defense — a few minutes later when Marat Khairullin was given all the time he wanted to score from close range and tie the game once more.
Ak Bars thought it was back in front when Artyom Galimov put the puck in the net, but the video quickly showed that the forward’s stick was high. In the third period, young Akhtyamov repeatedly distinguished himself as Neftekhimik pushed for a breakthrough. But it wasn’t until overtime that Pavel Poryadin delivered the decisive blow.
Avangard went to the top of the Eastern Conference with an assured win over Sibir. The home team scored two quick goals early in the game and was rarely troubled after that.
A penalty on Nikita Korotkov was the catalyst for that fast start. While he sat for hooking, Reid Boucher stuffed home a rebound on the slot. A minute later, Sergei Shumakov collected the puck in the circle and — with the Sibir defense nowhere in sight — dangled his way round Anton Krasotkin to make it 2-0. That was the end of Krasotkin’s game; Alexei Krasikov came from the bench to replace him.
Krasikov was kept busy by the home offense, but at the other end Igor Bobkov also had a few saves to make, most prominently denying Evgeny Chesalin on the wraparound late in the first before stoning Juuso Puustinen in the middle session.
Another power play goal at the start of the third saw Corban Knight divert a Sergei Tolchinsky shot past Krasikov. That 3-0 lead was too much for Sibir and Avangard finished it off when Shumakov got his second in the last minute.