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Dinamo Riga recovered from 0-3 down to force overtime in Ufa, but the outsider was unable to finish the job and went down in a shoot-out. Thursday’s other game also went to overtime before SKA got the better of Lokomotiv.

Dinamo’s fightback falls short

Salavat Yulaev Ufa 5 Dinamo Riga 4 SO (2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 0-0, 1-0)

For the second time in three days, Riga put up a brave fight against high-flying opposition to share the spoils over the course of 60 minutes. After an overtime loss at Western Conference leader CSKA, the Latvians took Salavat Yulaev to a shoot-out before succumbing in Ufa.

Photo: 04.02.21. KHL Championship 2020-2021. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) - Dinamo (Riga)

In traditional style, the home team started the game on the front foot. Sakari Manninen had already hit the crossbar before Pavel Koledov opened the scoring midway through the first period and Rodion Amirov doubled the lead before the break. Dinamo was limited to just one shot on goal in the opening stanza.

But the visitor raised its game in the second period with Andris Dzerins and Martins Dzierkals testing the home defense. However, that effort seemed to be in vain when a short-handed goal from Pyotr Khokhryakov extended Salavat Yulaev’s lead. However, Dinamo responded with two goals late in the frame as Janis Svanenbergs and Gleb Zyryanov made it a one-goal game going into the third.

This season, Teemu Hartikainen has enjoyed a record-breaking run and the Finn added another distinction to a fine campaign 18 seconds after the restart. He converted a set-up from Markus Granlund, moving to 24 goals for the season and overtaking the record set by Teemu Pulkkinen last season as the most prolific Finnish goalscorer in a KHL campaign.

Dinamo rallied once again, though, and cancelled out that two-goal deficit late in the game. Miks Indrasis pulled one back then a penalty on home goalie Daniil Tarasov for dislodging the net enabled the visitor to play 6-on-4 in search of an equalizer. With 53 seconds left to play, Denis Parshin — once a Salavat Yulaev player — tied the scores and the game went all the way to a shoot-out. However, the Latvians were unable to score again and Granlund got the only, decisive goal in that shoot-out to secure the win.

Kuzmenko’s strike sinks Loko

SKA St. Petersburg 3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 OT (0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 1-0)

An overtime goal from Andrei Kuzmenko gave SKA a hard-fought victory over Lokomotiv, extending the visitor’s losing streak to three games.

Photo: 04.02.21. KHL Championship 2020-2021. SKA (St.Petersburg) - Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)

The game started with two penalties for Lokomotiv, but the home team was unable to take advantage. The play was evenly matched, and the opening goal went to the visitor in the 15th minute when the Railwaymen launched a two-on-two attack and Atte Ohtamaa’s cross-ice pass was converted by Yegor Korshkov’s wrister from the right-hand circle.

The second period was almost the reverse of the first. Twice, Lokomotiv failed to score on the power play and, despite struggling to make an impression on the game, SKA managed to tie the scores late in the session. Once again, it was a goal on the counterattack, with Vasily Podkolzin bursting through center ice to set up Malte Stromwall.

In the third, Loko again made a lively start but fell behind midway through the session when SKA forced a turnover and Kirill Marchenko headed down the right and fed Joonas Kemppainen on the slot. The Finn duly outwitted Eddie Pasquale to put the home team in front. However, Loko immediately got a power play and Artur Kayumov tied the scores off a well-placed feed from Teemu Pulkkinen.

However, Kayumov turned villain in overtime. He took a holding penalty three minutes into the extras and SKA duly converted the chance. The home team took a time-out, plotted its next move and scored 20 seconds later. From the face-off, the Army Men recycled the puck to Anton Burdasov on the point and he fired in a shot that Andrei Kuzmenko tipped into the net to seal the points.

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