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Sergei Mozyakin’s 900th KHL point was the landmark of the day, but the greatest excitement was in St. Petersburg where SKA beat Avangard 5-2 in a game that saw two players ejected and Emil Galimov grab a hat-trick. Mozyakin’s goal against Torpedo brought up a personal landmark but could not save Metallurg from an overtime loss. Lokomotiv won its ninth straight game, thumping Salavat Yulaev 5-0 in Ufa, while Vityaz won 5-1 on the road at Dynamo. And there was another milestone goal as Yegor Milovzorov got his 350th KHL point when he scored the game-winner for Sibir.

Milovzorov’s 350th point

Sibir Novosibirsk 3 Barys Nur-Sultan 1 (0-0, 2-1, 1-0)

Yegor Milovzorov got his 350th KHL point to help Sibir inflict a third straight loss on Barys. The result lifts the home team to seventh in the East, while Barys drops to 10th.

The visitor paid the price for failing to take advantage of its bright start to the game. Barys had the better of the first period — albeit with Sibir creating the clearest chance when Dmitry Sayustov emerged from the penalty box in time to send Viktor Komarov clean through on Joni Ortio — but failed to score on Harri Sateri.

Early in the second period, Nikita Shashkov made Barys pay. Collecting the puck on his own blue line, the forward wove a path between three opponents before opening the scoring with a memorable solo effort. Jakob Lilja tied it up midway through the game, but it wasn’t long before a Sibir power play enabled Milovzorov to reach his milestone and restore the home lead.

Barys continued to have more of the play, but Sateri continued to deny the visitor. And the outcome was settled in the last minute when Oleg Li put a power play goal into the empty net.

Nine in a row for Loko

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 0 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5 (0-3, 0-1, 0-1)

Lokomotiv kept up its winning streak with an impressive 5-0 success in Ufa. Goalie Eddie Pasquale made 35 saves and Georgy Ivanov scored twice as Andrei Skabelka’s team continued its excellent run of form.

The outcome was effectively decided in the first period. The opening goal came in the fourth minute when Yegor Korshkov’s rush took two home defensemen out of the play. He then fed Anton Lander on the slot for the finish. Then Ivanov opened his account for the night, surging forward and firing in a shot despite the attentions Evgeny Biryukov. And when Artur Kayumov fired a third past Daniil Tarasov midway through the opening frame, it was time for Juha Metsola to come from the bench to replace the young goalie.

That ushered in a spell of relative calm, but Metsola was beaten late in the second period when a delayed penalty brought a second goal for Ivanov. Early in the third, Denis Alexeyev made it 5-0 as Loko claimed an emphatic verdict. The visitor scored from five of its 25 shots on goal — an impressive conversion rate by any standards. Lokomotiv remains third in the Western Conference, five points behind CSKA but two clear of Bobrov Division leader SKA.

Mozyakin reaches 900 but Torpedo gets the win

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3 OT (0-1, 2-0, 0-1, 0-1)

Sergei Mozyakin wrote yet another new chapter in his illustrious history when he scored his 900th KHL point — but it wasn’t enough to save Metallurg from defeat at home to Torpedo.

The big moment came midway through the game. With his team trailing 0-1, Metallurg’s captain delivered a trademark wrist shot past Alexei Melnichuk to tie the game and lift his figures to 900 (407+493) points in 799 appearances. That’s a return of significantly more than a point a game over a KHL career that began with Atlant back on Sep. 2, 2008.

Shortly afterwards, Taylor Beck put Metallurg in front — Mozyakin’s unexpected pass moving him to 901 points — and the home team held that lead until the 55th minute. Then Ivan Chekhovich, a 21-year-old playing only his second KHL game, got the tying goal and sent the action into overtime. In the extras, a Justin Kloos feed sent Andrei Belevich clean through on goal for the winner.

Torpedo will feel the win was deserved, despite the fanfare around Mozyakin. The visitor took the lead in the first minute when Chris Wideman followed up a Damir Zhafyarov shot to score. And Zhafyarov was unlucky to be denied by a wonder-save from Artyom Zagidulin, who got his stick to the shot at the last possible moment. Over the course of the game, Torpedo worked the home defense hard, outshooting Magnitka 31-19 and forcing 22 blocked shots.

Galimov hat-trick shoots down Hawks

SKA St. Petersburg 5 Avangard Omsk 2 (0-0, 2-2, 3-0)

Emil Galimov grabbed a hat-trick to lead SKA to victory in the game of the day. His treble helped the Army Men come from behind twice to win a pulsating clash in St. Petersburg as two leaders in their respective divisions played out a game full of action — and a little controversy.

Photo: 26.10.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. SKA (St.Petersburg) - Avangard (Omsk)

The first period was all about Alexei Emelin, with the Avangard captain involved in all the major incidents of the opening frame. On the first shift, he was clattered to the ice by Evgeny Ketov. The SKA forward’s evening was over after just 12 seconds as he was ejected from the game for checking from behind. Emelin was helped from the ice, but soon returned to the fray. However, the defenseman’s next contribution was not a success. First, he fouled Artyom Shvets-Rogovoi out at the boards, then, as play continued, he hooked back the goal-bound Igor Ozhiganov. A minor for cross-checking and a penalty shot was the combined tariff; Igor Bobkov saved his blushes by stopping Linden Vey’s penalty shot on 9:37.

It wasn’t long before Yemelin was the center of attention once again, but this would be the last time. Slamming into Evgeny Timkin in center ice, Yemelin got a game penalty for kneeing and returned to the locker room. Timkin also limped out of the game for a time but returned in the second period.

After all that excitement, the score was still goalless. That all changed in a crazy flurry midway through the second period. First, Nail Yakupov made it two goals in two games since joining Avangard, putting away the rebound from a Denis Zernov shot to score on his former club. But it took a mere 25 seconds for SKA to tie it up thanks to Galimov’s first of the night. Within a minute, though, Avangard was back in front on a Damir Sharipzyanov goal and the visitor almost took that lead to the intermission. However, when Sharipzyanov fouled, Anton Burdasov took advantage on the power play and a breathless game was finely poised going into the third.

It wasn’t long before Galimov’s second of the night put SKA up for the first time in the game. He won his battle with Sharipzyanov on the boards and headed for goal, firing in a shot from a tight angle that rolled behind Bobkov and into the net. And Galimov was close to a hat-trick when Vey sent him clean through, only for the goalie to make a blocker save.

That hat-trick goal arrived soon enough, though. In the 56th minute he stormed down the right, ran rings around the unfortunate Sharipzyanov and cruised to the net where he deked past Bobkov to open a decisive two-goal lead. Avangard’s hopes were finally extinguished with two minutes to play when Kirill Marchenko scored into an empty net.

Vityaz thumps lackluster Dynamo

Dynamo Moscow 1 Vityaz Moscow Region 5 (0-2, 0-1, 1-2)

Vityaz won for only the second time in five games to move to within a point of the playoff places, while Dynamo’s fourth defeat in six leaves the Blue-and-Whites looking over their shoulders.

Photo: 26.10.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Dynamo (Moscow) - Vityaz (Moscow Region)

The visitor got a firm grip on this game in the first period. Fyodor Malykhin opened the scoring in the 14th minute and a Linus Hultstrom power play goal just before the hooter consolidated that advantage. Mattias Tedenby assisted on the Hultstrom goal and early in the second he scored one for himself as Vityaz assumed control. Dynamo’s starting goalie, Ivan Bocharov, left the game for Alexander Yeryomenko.

That slowed the flow of goals, but Dynamo offered little going forward. Early in the third, Vityaz added to its lead through Yury Pautov before Teemu Pulkkinen finally got the home team on the board. It was the Finn’s first point since he hit a hat-trick in a 6-3 win over Kunlun Red Star on Oct. 4. However, it made little difference. Vityaz added a fifth through Alexander Dergachyov, offering a reminder than when this team hits its stride it can be a formidable opponent.

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