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Two goals from Markus Granlund and three points for Teemu Hartikainen proved too much for Metallurg as Salavat Yulaev won 4-1 in Magnitogorsk. Traktor scored five on Dinamo Riga, including two shorthanded goals in the space of six seconds. Ak Bars and Lokomotiv recorded comeback wins; from 0-3 to 5-3 in Kazan and from 0-2 to 3-2 in Yaroslavl. Barys ended a four-game skid with a 2-1 win over Red Star, Torpedo beat Dinamo Minsk 6-3 and there were road wins for Vityaz and Amur.

Barys snaps losing run

Barys Nur-Sultan 2 Kunlun Red Star 1 (2-0, 0-1, 0-0)

Barys got back to winning form at last after edging a rejuvenated Kunlun Red Star on home ice. Two first-period goals made the difference in a tight encounter in the Kazakh capital.

Barys soaked up some early pressure from the Dragons and responded with a well-worked breakaway goal. Curtis Valk threaded a pass between two opponents for Jakob Lilja to weave his way past Jake Chelios and surprise Simon Hrubec with a low shot that crept below the goalie’s pad. Red Star’s problems got worse when Cory Kane took a minor penalty and Spencer Foo was ejected from the game for kneeing. The visitor survived two minutes of 3-on-5 defense but could not prevent Matt Frattin forcing home a rebound after Kane returned to the game. That was the first time in five games that Barys converted a power play chance and it put the Kazakh team in charge.

At the start of the second period, though, we saw a return of Barys’ recent frailties. A soft penalty on Curtis Valk, tangling unnecessarily with Luke Lockhart, offered Red Star a way back into the game. Lockhart himself got an assist, going behind the net to pick out Ivan Nikolishin who rattled in his fifth of the season with a one-timer from the slot.

From that point on, though, the Dragons failed to breath fire. Just seven shots at Joni Ortio in the second and third periods made it hard to find a second goal — and when Kane fired a late chance wide, the visitor’s hopes were over. For its part, the home team enjoyed several power play opportunities and kept Simon Hrubec busy at the other end but could not add to its lead and endured a nervous finale before snapping its four-game skid.

Finnish flourish sinks Metallurg

Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4 (0-1, 1-1, 0-2)

Despite signs that Metallurg’s roster is recovering from its recent COVID problems, the Steelmen slipped to a fourth loss in five games at the hands of Salavat Yulaev. The visitor’s Finnish forwards enjoyed their day, sharing the four goals between them.

Photo: 30.10.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) - Salavat Yulaev (Ufa)

Magnitka continued with teenage goalie Gleb Nosov, whose brief appearance against Sibir saw him go unbeaten for slightly more than 20 minutes. Today though, Ufa scored on him right at the start of the action with Markus Granlund breaking the deadlock on 2:57. That opening goal ushered in a lively first period: no further scoring, but plenty of attacking intent from both sides.

However, the next goal had to wait until midway through the game when Granlund struck again. The assist from Philip Larsen on this play was the only point earned by a Salavat player who doesn’t hail from Finland. Granlund’s effort also sent Nosov to the bench and Metallurg found a response through Andrej Nestrasil to make it a one-goal game at the second intermission.

Just six seconds after the restart, Teemu Hartikainen made it 3-1 and a few minutes later he got his third point of the evening with an assist as Sakari Manninen made it four. A second successive win for the visitor lifts it two points clear of Metallurg into fifth place in the East.

Short-handed double rocks Riga

Traktor Chelyabinsk 5 Dinamo Riga 1 (3-1, 1-0, 1-0)

A decisive power play usually sees the team with the man advantage grab a game-breaking goal. Here, though, it was a shorthanded Traktor that scored twice in six seconds as home forward Alexei Byvaltsev cooled his heels. That opened a 3-1 lead and sent Riga spinning to a seventh straight loss.

Photo: 30.10.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Traktor (Chelyabinsk) - Dinamo (Riga)

The game was tied at 1-1 when Byvaltsev went to the box following a charging call. David Levin gave Dinamo the lead — his first goal in the KHL — before Artyom Shvaryov tied the scores. Then came that double strike. The first goal, on a delayed penalty, saw Vyacheslav Osnovin score from close range after good work from Sergei Kalinin and Roman Manukhov. The second, though, was a freakish effort. Sergei Telegin chipped the puck forward from deep in his own zone and young Latvian goalie Eriks Vitols lost track of its flight and looked back in horror as it hit the net.

That brought Alexander Lazushin to the crease for his Dinamo debut. The much-travelled netminder played just once for Kunlun Red Star this season, and suffered in a 0-7 loss at Avtomobilist back in early September. He had a better time of it here but was still beaten twice by Igor Polygalov and Pontus Aberg as the home team recorded a fourth straight win.

Todykov blanks Severstal

Severstal Cherepovets 0 Vityaz Moscow Region 3 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1)

Vityaz moved back into the top eight, edging ahead of Spartak after posting a third win in four games. Severstal, meanwhile, missed the chance to return to the top four as a two-game winning streak came to an end.

The first period was goalless, but Vityaz took control of the game in the second. A power play goal early in the frame saw Mattias Tedenby break the deadlock. Midway through the action, Jakub Jerabek made it 2-0. Justin Danforth assisted on both goals and currently has 7 (2+5) points in his last four appearances.

Severstal spent much of the third period trying to find a way back into the game. However, the Vityaz defense was solid and goalie Anton Todykov stopped 34 shots for his first shut-out in the KHL. The result was secured when Ivan Larichev added a third in the closing minutes.

Amur snaps skid, Neftekhimik’s worries continue

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1 Amur Khabarovsk 3 (0-0, 1-2, 0-1)

Two teams in urgent need of a boost met in Tatarstan. The host was on a four-game losing run while Amur had failed in its last three outings.

The first period was goalless, although it took a video review to deny Amur an opening goal midway through. The officials determined that the puck had not crossed the line. Earlier, Konstantin Barulin made a smart save to halt an odd-man rush.

Nefetkhimik had more shots in the opening frame and took the lead with its first effort of the second. Jonas Enlund was the scorer, potting his first since rejoining the club last week. However, the Tigers hit back with two goals late in the session. Denis Golubev tied it up and Valentin Pyanov made it 2-1 in the 38th minute. After allowing a goal at the start of the second, Amur scored one early in the third. Hynek Zohorna found the net just 35 seconds after the restart and that was more enough to secure the win.

Torpedo rallies to down Dinamo

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 6 Dinamo Minsk 3 (1-2, 1-1, 4-0)

Dinamo has been one of the most entertaining teams in the league this season, with plenty of goals at both ends of the ice. For the neutral, at least, it’s great fun, but days like today are a tough watch for the Belarusian faithful.

Initially, all was well. Despite falling behind to Justin Kloos goal, the Bison responded with two goals in barely a minute. Ryan Spooner and Rob Klinkhammer were the scorers, reflecting the value the club’s imports bring to this team. The Minsk power play was also on song, with all three goals scored during a numerical advantage. Klinkhammer got the third early in the middle frame, with Brandon Kozun completing a hat-trick of assists.

But a comfortable-looking 3-1 lead slowly vanished. Brady Austin pulled one back on the power play and the third period saw Torpedo run in four unanswered goals to secure a high-scoring win. Sergei Goncharuk tied it up before Semyon Den-Arguchintsev marked his KHL debut with the go-ahead goal. The 20-year-old got his chance after a call-up from Lada in the VHL and made the most of it. Late in the game, the home team added two more goals, Kloos and Goncharuk both getting their second of night.

Ak Bars recovers from 0-3

Ak Bars Kazan 5 Sibir Novosibirsk 3 (0-3, 3-0, 2-0)

These team met 10 days ago, with Ak Bars winning in Siberia. Since then, they had five wins between them, setting the stage for a lively encounter. And the day lived up to its billing as the home team clawed back a three-goal deficit to win.

The first period belonged to the visitor. Ak Bars kept taking penalties, and Sibir kept scoring on the power play. Viktor Komarov set the tone when he opened the scoring in the third minute. Ak Bars was denied an immediate response when the Sibir bench successfully challenged a goal, and the 26-year-old forward repeated his trick midway through the frame and Danil Romantsev added a third.

Then things began to change. Now it was Sibir’s turn to take a series of penalties and Ak Bars reeled in the deficit. True, Mikael Ruohomaa was back on the ice before Artyom Lukoyanov got the host on the board, but the next two goals — from Stephane Da Costa and Viktor Tikhonov — came on the power play. Nikolai Zavarukhin hoped for another successful challenge on the Tikhonov goal but this time the video went against him and Sibir lost its time-out.

The game was very much alive in the final period and it wasn’t until Ivan Yemets struck in the 55th minute that Ak Bars got the lead for the first time. Now Sibir really needed that time-out, especially when the visitor got a power play seconds after going behind. It wasn’t to be, though, and an empty-net goal from Stanislav Galiyev confirmed the victory for the Eastern Conference leader.

Double blast completes Loko fightback

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 Dynamo Moscow 2 (0-1, 1-1, 2-0)

Two goals in 16 seconds midway through the third period completed a Lokomotiv fightback. The visitor trailed 0-2 and saw its scoreless run extend past the 100-minute mark before getting back on track following its 0-1 overtime loss at Avtomobilist last time out.

Photo: 30.10.20. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Dynamo (Moscow)

That defeat snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Railwaymen and the early exchanges suggested that it might have a lasting impact. Dynamo, not in the best of form recently, snatched the lead with a power play goal from Daniil Tarasov just before the first intermission. And a 5-on-3 advantage helped the Blue-and-Whites extend their lead in the second when Dmitrij Jaskin fired home Vadim Shipachyov’s feed from behind the net.

However, Loko began its fightback in the 38th minute when Pavel Kraskovsky scored on the power play at the other end. And the game was won thanks to that quickfire double in the third. Atte Ohtamaa set up Nikolai Kovalenko on the blue line and, with Yegor Averin blocking Georgy Kuznetsov’s view, the young forward fired a wrister to the top shelf. Sixteen seconds later, Ohtamaa was involved again with a drop pass for Denis Alexeyev to put the home team in front. Dynamo brought veteran goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko off the bench, but it was scoring power that was required and Loko ensured that the visiting forwards had few chances. For the third time this season, this fixture ended with Yaroslavl winning 3-2.

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