Nikishin’s double subdues stubborn Severstal. December 1 round-up
There was only one game on Thursday’s KHL card, but the clash between SKA and Severstal delivered plenty of action. The visitor belied its lowly position in the standings and shrugged off its recent run of losses to force the league leader to overtime. However, Alexander Nikishin grabbed his second of the night to ensure SKA took the points.
Avangard wins big battle, Sibir hits Ak Bars for six. November 30 round-up
The day’s top game saw Avangard edge a 3-2 verdict at CSKA thanks to two goals from Sergei Tolchinsky. In Kazan, Sibir scored six on Ak Bars, with four points from Taylor Beck leading the way and Oleg Znarok lamenting his team’s poor defense. There was overtime in Moscow twice, with Dynamo edging Vityaz 3-2 and Spartak beating Dinamo Minsk in a shoot-out. Earlier in the day, there were big wins for Amur and Barys as the race for the top eight in the East gets ever tighter. Torpedo ended Admiral long winning streak on home ice with a 2-1 verdict in Vladivostok.
Big wins for SKA, Metallurg. November 29 round-up
Tuesday’s games looked set to be one-sided on paper, and the final scores might suggest that is exactly how it played out. But Kunlun Red Star and Sochi both asked some questions of high-flying Metallurg and SKA, only for the opposition to produce all the answers.
Wilson’s hat-trick not enough for Vityaz. November 28 round-up
The top game on Monday was in Moscow, where CSKA edged a 10-goal thriller against Vityaz. The visitor led 3-0, CSKA responded to tie the scores, but with 10 to play Scott Wilson completed a hat-trick to restore Vityaz’ lead. Only a late surge gave the defending champion the verdict. Dinamo Minsk also scored six in the Russian capital, beating Dynamo Moscow for the second time in four days. Avtomobilist recovered from 1-3 to beat Barys in OT, Neftekhimik produced the same scoreline on the road at Amur. There were 3-2 wins for Lokomotiv over Avangard, and Sibir at Severstal.
Metallurg closes on top spot, Radulov achieves a milestone. November 27
The day’s big action came in the East. First, Metallurg won 3-1 at Salavat Yulaev to close to within a point of conference leader Avtomobilist. Then Alexander Radulov got his 400th KHL assist as Ak Bars thrashed Sochi 6-2. Spartak put its faith in youth at Traktor and was rewarded: the Red-and-Whites’ 5-3 success saw three players get their first goals in the KHL.
Gusev impresses for SKA, Admiral remains unsinkable at home. November 26
Nikita Gusev had three points as SKA beat Torpedo 6-2 in Saturday’s big game. Elsewhere, Alexander Polunin’s double set Lokomotiv on the way to victory over Sibir and Avangard edged Severstal in Cherepovets. Admiral posted a seventh successive home victory, seeing off Neftekhimik for the second time in two days.
Prince treble leads Spartak to victory, Ufa celebrates anniversary. Nov 25
Astana and Ufa were celebrating hockey birthdays, but their home teams produced very different results. Barys, which marked the 23rd anniversary of its foundation today, suffered a 1-4 loss to Spartak with Shane Prince potting a hat-trick. In Ufa, Salavat Yulaev marked 60 years with an overtime win against Avtomobilist, snapping a six-game skid. Elsewhere, Admiral avenged Monday’s defeat to Neftekhimik and Kunlun Red Star enjoyed a comfortable success at home to Sochi.
Fedorov beats Larionov in battle of ex-Red Wings. November 24 round-up
NHL fans of a certain age could be forgiven for feeling nostalgic today: Igor Larionov and Sergei Fedorov, stars of the legendary Red Wings three-time Stanley Cup winning team at the turn of the century, went head-to-head as coaches for the first time. Fedorov’s CSKA came out on top, defeating Larionov’s Torpedo 4-0. Thursday’s other big game went to overtime before Loko defeated SKA for the second time this season. Elsewhere, Dinamo Minsk edged Dynamo Moscow 4-3 and Severstal took a 3-2 verdict over Vityaz.
Avangard’s run ended by Spartak, Avto wins thriller to stay top. Nov 23
Two road wins dominated Wednesday’s action. In Omsk, Spartak won 3-1 to snap Avangard’s nine-game winning streak. Then, in Chelyabinsk, Nick Ebert scored in the final second to save Avtomobilist from defeat. In the subsequent overtime, Jesse Blacker earned a 3-2 win against Traktor. Ilya Vorobyov’s 300th victory as a head coach in the KHL saw Metallurg hand Salavat Yulaev a sixth straight loss. Sibir won 4-1 at home to Amur and Ak Bars edged a 2-1 verdict at Barys.
SKA bounces back with big win over CSKA. November 22 round-up
Tuesday’s top game saw table topping SKA entertain defending champion CSKA. The visitor arrived in significantly better form, but left on the wrong end of a 6-2 scoreline. Elsewhere, Dynamo Moscow grabbed a last-minute winner at Severstal, Torpedo scored four on Kunlun Red Star and there were road wins for Vityaz and Lokomotiv.
Sibir beats Ak Bars, Barys ends losing streak. November 21 round-up
Two goals from Alexander Sharov put Sibir on the way to a 4-2 win over Ak Bars on a day of Eastern Conference action in the KHL. Barys, with just two wins in its previous 12 games, enjoyed a much-needed boost with a 4-1 win over Salavat Yulaev. Elsewhere, Traktor edged a 3-2 verdict over Amur and Neftekhimik took a 1-0 win over Admiral thanks to Andrei Tikhomirov’s shut-out.
SKA loses at Neftekhimik, Avangard wins ninth in a row. November 19
Eastern Conference struggler Neftekhimik produced the performance of the day, frustrating table topping SKA with a 2-1 win. While SKA endures a protracted stumble, Avangard goes from strength to strength: its overtime win over Ak Bars is its ninth in a row. Dynamo snapped a five-game skid with victory over KRS and Avtomobilist blasted eight goals past Sochi. There were also wins for Sibir, Amur, Metallurg and Admiral on a busy day of KHL action.
Revenge win for CSKA. November 18 round-up
Friday’s big game was a rematch of last week’s Moscow derby. Today, CSKA defeated Spartak 4-2, avenging its loss seven days earlier. In the other action, Sergei Goncharuk made it eight goals in six games as Torpedo grabbed an overtime verdict against Severstal.
Ak Bars humbles leader, Avangard wins eight in a row. November 17 round-up
Alexander Radulov’s hat-trick led Ak Bars to an impressive 5-2 victory over SKA as the league leader suffered a fourth successive loss on the road. Avangard’s hot streak continued with an overtime verdict against Sochi securing an eighth successive win. The Hawks were among four OT winners, with Kunlun Red Star, Sibir and Avtomobilist also triumphant in the extras. Admiral bounced back from its loss at CSKA to defeat Dynamo Moscow in the day’s other game.
Avto edges clear, Macek scores again. November 15 round-up
Brooks Macek scored for the seventh game in a row as Avtomobilist beat Barys to move clear at the top of the Eastern Conference. Closest rival Salavat Yulaev lost in overtime at home to Sochi, while Metallurg keeps pace with the leaders thanks to a 4-2 success against Sibir. In the West, SKA bounced back after its losses on the road, beating Dinamo Minsk thanks to two power play goals from Dmitrij Jaskin. CSKA blanked in-form Admiral with young goalie Vsevolod Skotnikov claiming a second career shut-out.
Winning start for Grishin, hat-trick duel at Vityaz. November 14 round-up
Spartak’s new head coach Igor Grishin had a rollercoaster debut against Dynamo. His team led 2-0, was pegged back to 2-2 but got a shoot-out win as it built on a previous derby triumph over CSKA. In Balashikha, Kirill Rasskazov potted a hat-trick for Vityaz but there was no fairy tale ending for the home forward: he was trumped by a treble from Pavel Poryadin as Neftekhimik snatched a last-minute win. Traktor would love to see goals from somewhere after failing to score for the third game in a row and losing 2-0 to Amur. Kunlun Red Star also fired blanks in a 5-0 loss to Torpedo, while Severstal edged Lokomotiv in overtime.
Hawks edge Ak Bars, CSKA scores eight. November 13 round-up
The big game in the East saw Ak Bars entertain Avangard, with both teams lower than expected in the standings. Avangard won 4-3, extending its streak to seven victories. CSKA and Dinamo Minsk went goal crazy, with the Muscovites winning 8-5 in Moscow. Both could learn from Barys’ defensive performance in Ufa, where Yegor Petukhov’s lacrosse goal sparked a 2-0 win over Salavat Yulaev.
SKA loses again, Avto returns to summit and Yip sets club record. Nov 12
Sibir handed SKA a third straight loss on an unhappy trip to the Far East for the league leader. In the Eastern Conference, Avtomobilist returns to the top of the standings after completing a third win on its trip around Moscow’s outskirts. Kunlun Red Star captain Brandon Yip set a club record nine-game productive streak and his hat-trick sank Neftekhimik in an 11-goal thriller. Elsewhere, Torpedo beat Sochi 5-3 and Admiral shut-out Traktor for the second time in three days.
Spartak stuns CSKA, Avangard makes it six in a row. November 11 round-up
Spartak, under interim head coach Alexei Zavarukhin, halted its slide with a 2-1 derby win at CSKA. That was the Red-and-Whites first victory in regulation for over a month, in the team’s first game since the departure of Boris Mironov. Elsewhere, Avangard won a shoot-out in Ufa to post a sixth successive victory, Metallurg ended its losing run with a tight verdict against Barys, and Lokomotiv lost out to a third-period fightback in Minsk.
10-goal special in Nizhny, SKA loses again. November 10 round-up
The most exciting game of the day saw Torpedo beat Ak Bars 6-4 in a barn-burner of a clash in Nizhny Novgorod. Avtomobilist was also in good scoring form in a 5-1 win at Kunlun Red Star. SKA’s Far East tour brought another loss when Michal Jordan’s overtime game handed Admiral a 2-1 verdict against the league leader. Amur also enjoyed a home win, beating Traktor 3-0, and Severstal beat Neftekhimik by the same scoreline. Sibir got a 5-3 result against Dynamo Moscow.
Avangard prolongs Magnitka’s losing streak, Sochi wins at last. November 9
Two goals from Reid Boucher helped Avangard win 3-2 at Metallurg in Wednesday’s big Eastern Conference clash. In the West, Sochi snapped a 12-game losing streak with an overtime win against Lokomotiv. Dinamo Minsk needed a last-minute goal to beat Spartak.
Admiral shocks SKA, Neftekhimik beats Ak Bars. November 8 round-up
It was not a good day for the league’s traditional power houses. First, SKA suffered only a third defeat of the season when it went down 3-1 at Admiral. Later, Neftekhimik claimed an overtime verdict against Ak Bars as Oleg Znarok’s team continues to struggle to live up to expectations. Dynamo Moscow also suffered an unexpected loss, going down 1-2 at Amur. Vityaz won 3-2 at Barys, and Avtomobilist had the same score at Severstal, albeit after overtime.
New leader in the East, Loko leapfrogs CSKA. November 7 round-up
Salavat Yulaev is two points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference after a 4-1 win at Kunlun Red Star. In the West’s big game, Lokomotiv edged CSKA in a shoot-out, moving ahead of the Muscovites into second place in the West. Traktor is back in the playoff spots after beating Sibir 3-2, and Torpedo sent Spartak to a fifth straight loss.
Ak Bars grabs OT win, Sochi suffers another OT loss. November 6 round-up
Severstal rallied from 0-2 in Sunday’s big game against Ak Bars, only to fall to a goal in the final seconds of overtime. Sochi again led 3-1 in the third period, only to let its lead slip and lose to Dinamo Minsk in overtime. Earlier in the day, Avangard defeated Vityaz 3-1 and Admiral beat Dynamo Moscow for the first time on home ice.
Late drama in Cherepovets. November 4 round-up
The clash between out-of-form Severstal and Sochi turned into a thriller. Sochi got its first point under new head coach Sergei Svetlov thanks to a goal six seconds from the end. However, the Leopards’ wait for a win goes on after Severstal took a shoot-out verdict to snap its six-game losing skid. Earlier in the day, Kunlun defeated Spartak for the second time this season and Vityaz got a 5-2 win at Traktor.
Defeats for high flyers. November 3 round-up
Thursday’s action saw losses for several teams riding high in the standings. CSKA’s 11-game winning streak came to an end at Neftekhimik, where an overtime win lifted the host off the foot of the Eastern Conference. Eastern leader Metallurg went down 1-4 at Lokomotiv, while Salavat Yulaev fell to Ak Bars in a shoot-out. There were also successes for Avangard over Sibir and Admiral at Barys, while Avtomobilist got a boost with two goals from Anatoly Golyshev sinking Amur.
Gusev goal helps SKA sink Sochi. November 2 round-up
Nikita Gusev’s return to SKA brought a victory over Sochi – but the 5-2 verdict was tougher than expected against the KHL’s basement team. Dinamo Minsk scored a short-handed goal in the final second to win at Kunlun Red Star in Wednesday’s other game.
Radulov returns, but Ak Bars loses. November 1 round-up
Ak Bars finds itself outside of the playoff places after CSKA recorded its 11th consecutive victory. A 3-2 success in Kazan keeps the pressure on Oleg Znarok’s team. Elsewhere, victories for Barys and Avangard pushed Ak Bars out of the top eight. Dynamo Moscow enjoyed a convincing 4-1 win over Eastern Conference leader Metallurg, while Torpedo’s fast start helped it past Vityaz. The Far East teams both went into overtime: Amur moved off the foot of the Eastern Conference thanks to Yaroslav Likhachyov’s shoot-out winner in Ufa, but Traktor defeated Admiral in the extras.
Top dogs on the march. October 30 round-up
For SKA and CSKA, Sunday brought high-scoring wins on the road. Defending champion CSKA thrashed Sochi 6-0, while the league leader also hit six at Spartak. SKA, though allowed four in a 10-goal classic in Moscow. There were revenge wins for Dynamo Moscow and Avangard, while Traktor and Admiral both picked up one-goal verdicts.
Novosibirsk celebrates, Ufa extends streak. October 29 round-up
Sibir chose today’s game to commemorate the club’s 60th anniversary – and delivered the perfect present with a 5-1 victory over Severstal. Salavat Yulaev posted the same scoreline at home to Barys, extending its winning streak to six games. In the Western Conference, Dinamo Minsk edged Vityaz in a shoot-out.
The power of seven. October 28 round-up
Three of the KHL’s five games turned into seven-goal thrillers. In Moscow, SKA edged a 4-3 verdict in a shoot-out, after Dynamo rallied from 1-3 to force the extras. The Ural derby saw Metallurg survive Traktor’s fightback and hold onto a 4-3 win. And it was the same score in Mytishchi, where Alexei Murygin backstopped Kunlun to victory against his former Neftekhimik team-mates. Elsewhere, goalies were on top in Omsk, where Nikita Serebryakov stopped 45 shots as Admiral beat Avangard 1-0. And in Yaroslavl, Ivan Bocharov blanked Torpedo.
Ufa wins another Green Derby, Metallurg tops Avtomobilist. October 26
The day’s big games were in the East. Metallurg won the clash of the leaders, while Salavat Yulaev showed no mercy to struggling Ak Bars with a 4-1 Green Derby success. Elsewhere, Traktor moved back into the top eight after edging Sochi, and SKA dispatched Neftekhimik. Two Western Conference match-ups brought home wins for Torpedo and Vityaz over Dynamo Moscow and Kunlun Red Star respectively.
Metallurg tops Ak Bars, CSKA climbs to second. October 24 round-up
Eastern Conference leader Metallurg edged a 2-1 verdict over Ak Bars in the big battle of the day. In the west, there was another clash of the high-flyers when SKA took a hard-fought 4-3 win against Lokomotiv. That meant that the Moscow duo of CSKA and Dynamo could open a two-point gap over the Railwaymen: CSKA reeled off an eighth successive victory, while Dynamo got back on track with a 1-0 success at Dinamo Minsk.
Avangard, Avtomobilist halt losing runs. October 23 round-up
Avangard edged Severstal 4-3 to end its losing streak on its return to home ice. Avtomobilist, too, responded to back-to-back losses with a victory, downing Sochi 5-2. A late goal gave Torpedo a 3-2 verdict over Kunlun Red Star, Spartak overcame Amur in overtime and Neftekhimik was too strong for Barys.