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Sunday’s program began in Yaroslavl, where Lokomotiv defeated Spartak 4-2. Salavat Yulaev also got a victory, beating Dinamo Minsk 5-3 in Belarus.

Loko snaps losing streak

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 Spartak Moscow 2 (0-0, 2-1, 2-1)

Loko snapped a three-game losing streak to overcome Spartak and move up to sixth in the Western Conference. After its recent problems, the home team returned Artyom Anisimov to his more familiar role as a center, but had to make do without Artur Kayumov who was out due to illness.

The first period was goalless, despite Lokomotiv’s best efforts. The home team had more of the possession and created the better chances but could not find a way past Alexei Krasikov in the visitor’s net. That pattern continued early in the middle frame and the breakthrough arrived after 27 minutes. The Railwaymen were on the power play, but this was an unusual PP goal: it started at the back with goalie Eddie Pasquale and finished when Yegor Korshkov raced into the offensive zone and got his shot off amid the attentions of a defenseman to open the scoring.

Photo: 31.10.21. KHL Championship 2021-2022. Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) - Spartak (Moscow)


Five minutes later it was 2-0: Georgy Ivanov’s pace down the left opened up the Spartak defense and his shot was redirected home by Denis Alexeyev’s stick. Alexeyev and Korshkov both went close to extending the lead, but the visitor held on and reduced the deficit late in the period. Nikolai Chebykin, making his Spartak debut after joining from Dynamo Moscow, redirected Alexander Bryntsev’s point shot. That effort was saved but Emil Pettersson was on hand to force home the rebound.

In the third period Spartak looked to draw level, but at the other end Lokomotiv extended its advantage. Maxim Shalunov found Reid Boucher with a pass from the back boards, and the American’s powerful shot whistled past Krasikov. Midway through the session the teams traded chances, with Alexei Marchenko going close for Lokomotiv before the visitor dinged the crossbar at the other end. And Spartak pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute when Jakub Jerabek’s effort got past the screened Pasquale in the home net.

That set up an intriguing finale, but Spartak’s hopes of forcing overtime were effectively ended in the 57th minute when Ivanov converted Alexeyev’s pass to make it 4-2.

Granlund scores after 13 seconds

Dinamo Minsk 3 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 5 (2-2, 0-1, 1-2)

Salavat Yulaev picked up two points in Belarus as Dinamo slipped to a third loss in four games. Minsk returned home after a three-game road trip but could not find much comfort in familiar surroundings.

The visitor, looking to bounce back after back-to-back losses, made a fast start. It took just 13 seconds for Markus Granlund to open the scoring, firing home from the left-hand circle after his team surged onto the attack from the opening faceoff. The lead was increased midway through the first period when Geoff Platt reminded Belarusian fans of his skills. The Canadian-born forward played several seasons in Minsk, and went on to represent the Belarusian national team, before embarking on an extensive tour of the KHL. Today he pounced on the rebound from Vladislav Kartayev’s shot to make it 2-0.

But there was an instant response from Adam Almquist to reduce the deficit and by the intermission the scores were level. A too many men penalty for Ufa gave Dinamo the chance, and Pavel Varfolomeyev delivered, firing in a shot from the tightest of angles and enjoying a helpful bounce off Juha Metsola’s pads.

After that all-action opening, the second period also began with an early goal. This time it was Sakari Manninen who potted a power play tally at the other end. Philip Larsen’s pass picked out the Finnish forward and his wrister was too good for Patrik Rybar in the home net. That set up a session that was dominated by the visiting team, but there was no further reward despite outshooting Dinamo 15-6.

The third period began with another power play goal for Salavat Yulaev. Sergei Shmelyov played the puck to the slot, from where Danil Bashkirov was on hand to steer it into the net. That opened a two-goal lead for the second time in the game, but after Almquist’s shot rebounded off the piping, Mattias Tedenby was on hand to pull a goal back for Dinamo.

The home team had a chance to save the game when Larsen took a penalty late on, but the Salavat penalty kill did its job and preserved the one-goal advantage. And, in the final seconds, Dinar Khafizullin put the outcome beyond doubt, finding the empty net from deep in his own zone.

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