Lokomotiv made it seven wins in a row after edging past Spartak in a game dominated by the two goalies. Julius Hudacek made 48 saves for the visitor during 65 minutes of goalless action, but was beaten in the shoot-out. His opposite number, Eddie Pasquale, stopped 28 efforts in the game and allowed nothing in the extras as well to give his team the verdict.
This game promised to be a goaltending duel, with both Pasquale and Hudacek posting shut-outs in their previous games. Pasquale was the first to show, denying Sergei Shirokov in the opening moments of the game, and the teams continued to trade opportunities throughout a lively first period. Hudacek’s biggest test of the opening stanza came midway through the action when a turnover presented Anton Malyshev with a shooting chance.
In the second period, though, Lokomotiv took control. Hudacek made 20 saves to keep his goal intact as the pressure intensified in front of him. The Slovak goalie was beaten at the start of the third when Alexei Marchenko joined the rush and fired in a shot from the right-hand channel. Hudacek made the initial save but was beaten in a crowd scene on his crease as Loko’s forwards jumped on the rebound. In their enthusiasm, though, the home players impeded the goalie and the effort was whistled off.
Spartak, meanwhile, was looking for chances on the counter. Martin Bakos fired the puck to the slot, but Robin Hanzl wasn’t able to steer it past Pasquale. Then, with the visitor on the power play, a Dmitry Vishnevsky point shot was redirected by Maxim Tsyplakov, but his effort went wide of the post with Pasquale beaten. By the end of overtime, Pasquale had 28 saves while his opposite number stopped 48 attempts.
However, attempt number 49 went past Hudacek. Yegor Korshkov stepped up for the first effort in the shoot-out and slipped the puck through the five-hole. Pasquale remained unbeaten and Pavel Kraskovsky sealed the verdict for Loko.