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Most of us hope for a little less work at the weekend. In the KHL, it’s different. Three of Saturday’s five games went to overtime and in each of them the win went to the visitor. Kunlun Red Star and Barys snapped losing streaks at Vityaz and Severstal respectively, while Ak Bars won at Torpedo after blowing a 2-0 lead. Dynamo, meanwhile, did it all inside 60 minutes with a 3-1 success at home to Salavat Yulaev.

Muscovites eye Western summit

Dynamo Moscow 3 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 1 (0-1, 2-0, 1-0)

Dynamo posted a fourth successive win after coming from a goal down to defeat Salavat Yulaev. The result lifts Alexei Kudashov’s men to second place in the Western Conference, just two points behind leader Jokerit. Tomi Lamsa’s team, meanwhile, was unable to build on a two-game winning streak and failed to close the gap on the Eastern Conference leaders

The opening goal came from an unexpected source. Viktor Tikhonov has found chances hard to come by this season after his summer move to Ufa. Out injured since Oct. 1, he returned to action in the midweek win at Vityaz and demonstrated he was back on his game in the 17th minute when he intercepted the puck on his own blue and went haring down the ice to grab a short-handed tally.

That was the second power play chance for the home team in the opening stanza, but Dynamo was unable to find the net on either of them. Despite bossing the stats in the opening frame, the Blue-and-Whites trailed at the break.

However, Dynamo wasted little time in putting that right at the start of the second. Dmitry Rashevsky jumped on a loose puck by the boards, circled into the center of the Salavat zone and fired a rising shot past Juha Metsola. The Finnish goalie then had to be alert to face down Oscar Lindberg’s penalty shot after Sergei Shmelyov was cited for throwing the stick. The visitor survived that scare but fell behind midway through the game when Dynamo got its power play right at last. Vadim Shipachyov combined with Lindberg to orchestrate the play, setting up Andrei Sergeyev for a central point shot that gave Metsola little chance as it came through traffic.

The visitor tried to chase the game, but for much of the second period it ran up against a home defense that was unwilling to yield. Chances were at a premium as Dynamo looked to close out the game, and the Blue-and-Whites settled the issue when Shipachyov hit the empty net with two seconds left on the clock.

Photo: 20.11.21. KHL Championship 2021-2022. Dynamo (Moscow) - Salavat Yulaev (Ufa)

Barys battles to much-needed victory

Severstal Cherepovets 3 Barys Nur-Sultan 4 (2-1, 1-1, 0-1, 0-1)

Barys snapped a four-game skid with a battling overtime victory at Severstal. This was a rollercoaster of a game but, despite leading twice in regulation, the home team failed to hold on and slipped to a second loss in three games after setting a club record winning streak.

In its previous game, Barys took an early lead but failed to hold it. Today, the same thing happened. Kirill Savitsky had the Kazakhs ahead inside three minutes, but Severstal battled back to lead at the first intermission on goals from Adam Liska and Ivan Yemets, the latter scoring nine seconds before the hooter.

That late blow did not obviously dishearten Barys; the second period brought a second quick goal for the visitor when Roman Starchenko tied it up at 2-2. Much of Severstal’s success this season has come from the emergence of its younger players and today brought a first KHL goal for 22-year-old forward Maxim Kolmykov to restore the home team’s lead.

However, on this occasion, the Severstal formula was not quite enough, Olle Alsing tied the game midway through the third period and Curtis Valk settled the outcome with a goal 12 seconds before the end of overtime.

Photo: 20.11.21. KHL Championship 2021-2022. Severstal (Cherepovets) - Barys (Nur-Sultan)

Foo family sinks Vityaz again

Vityaz Moscow Region 2 Kunlun Red Star 3 OT (2-1, 0-0, 0-1, 0-1)

For the second time this season, Vityaz was undone by the Foo family. In September, Spencer and Parker Foo led the way as Red Star won 4-2 in Mytishchi. Today, they each grabbed a goal as the Dragons came from behind to win in overtime in Podolsk.

The decisive moment came from Parker, racing onto Ryan Sproul’s defense-splitting pass from center ice and using his body strength to hold off the attentions of Yegor Voronkov before his quick hands beat Maxim Kloberdanets, the Vityaz goalie making his first start today. Earlier in overtime, Kloberdanets was called to the bench for 90 seconds as the home team tried to create a 4-on-3 advantage without the insurance policy of a delayed penalty in the offing.

The game got off to a frantic start, with the teams trading three goals in 61 seconds early in the first period. Vityaz jumped to a 2-0 lead thanks to Ivan Volodin’s solo run and shot followed by Nikita Goncharov’s close-range effort. But Kunlun hit back immediately thanks to Spencer Foo’s ninth of the season.

After that rush of early excitement, things quietened down. A lot. It wasn’t until midway through the third period that the goal horn sounded once again, this time to herald a tying goal from Josh Nicholls. That sent the game into overtime — perhaps not surprisingly, these struggling teams proved hard to separate — before Parker Foo grabbed the winner.

Torpedo fightback falls short in OT

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2 Ak Bars Kazan 3 OT (0-1, 1-1, 1-0, 0-1)

Ak Bars grabbed an overtime victory in Nizhny Novgorod, but had to do things the hard way after blowing a 2-0 lead. Torpedo, playing its second game in less than 24 hours, showed great resilience to bounce back from a bad start but ran out of steam in the extras and slipped to only its second loss in six games.

Ak Bars got the perfect opening to the game when Danis Zaripov struck in the first minute. The KHL’s veteran has certainly scored prettier goals than his outrageously deflected shot here, but they all count and a helpful bounce off a home skate gave the 40-year-old his second of the season.

That goal was the only thing separating the teams after an evenly contested opening frame, but midway through the second Ak Bars extended its lead. Jordan Weal extended his recent goal rush, potting his sixth in four games to make it 2-0.

Torpedo, tired after Friday’s 4-1 win against Admiral, was staring down the barrel. But the home team dug deep. Damir Zhafyarov brought the game back to life late in the second and Danil Veryayev tied it up in the third. That was good enough for one point for David Nemirovsky’s men, but Ak Bars took the verdict in the extras thanks to Kirill Petrov.

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