Avangard celebrates Omsk return, Kunlun stuns CSKA again
The big game of the day was in Omsk, where Avangard played in its home city for the first time since 2018. The Hawks edged a 2-1 verdict against Sibir to complete the festivities. Kunlun Red Star followed up its recent OT win over defending champion CSKA with a shoot-out success engineered by on-loan forward Alexander Perevalov. Ak Bars also had a tough time, recovering from 0-2 to beat Amur in overtime. SKA eased to a 5-1 win in Minsk.
Lowly Neftekhimik stuns in-form Magnitka. September 30 round-up
There were goals galore in Magnitogorsk as Neftekhimik shocked Metallurg with a 6-5 win. Lokomotiv and Severstal also played out an entertaining game, with the Railwaymen getting a 5-3 verdict. Spartak rallied from 0-3 to beat Torpedo, Salavat Yulaev blanked Traktor and there was a shoot-out win for Vityaz at home to Admiral.
Avto scores five on Ak Bars, O’Dell hits four for Dynamo. September 29
Avtomobilist won the day’s big game, defeating Ak Bars 5-2 in Yekaterinburg. Eric O’Dell had the best individual performance, scoring four in Dynamo’s 5-0 win over Amur. Defending champion CSKA suffered a loss at home to Sibir, with the visitor taking a 3-1 verdict as the Muscovites struggled to turn territorial advantage into goals.
SKA hits Admiral for six, Sato makes a piece of history. September 28
SKA was the day’s top scorer, defeating Admiral 6-1 to register its biggest win of the season. Torpedo had an important 3-1 success at Lokomotiv, with Yu Sato becoming the first Japanese player to score a point in the KHL. Elsewhere, Sochi snapped a six-game losing streak to beat Dinamo Minsk, Barys got its first win on the road and Traktor moved into the top eight with victory over Kunlun Red Star.
Ak Bars wins Green Derby, Sushko hits a hat-trick. September 27 round-up
The big game of the day saw Ak Bars win 3-0 at Salavat Yulaev in the season’s first Green Derby. Kirill Petrov scored twice in that game, but he was outdone by Dynamo’s Maxim Sushko. The Belarusian, who had not previously found the net this season, potted a hat-trick to defeat Avangard. Elsewhere, Neftekhimik won for the first time this season, and Scott Wilson’s double helped Vityaz snap a six-game losing streak.
CSKA wins derby thriller, SKA and Magnitka stay on top. September 26
Moscow’s first derby of the season did not disappoint: a fight, a late tying goal and an overtime winner ended up with CSKA edging Spartak 3-2. The conference leaders both won, with Metallurg beating Dinamo Minsk 4-1 before SKA downed Torpedo 3-0. Sergei Shirokov’s 200th KHL goal helped Avtomobilist to a 6-1 win over KRS and there were shoot-out successes on the road for Barys and Admiral.
Four goals for Sharov, power play goals for Ak Bars. September 25 round-up
Alexander Sharov produced the individual performance of the day, scoring four as Sibir edged Vityaz in overtime. Ak Bars finally got a power play goal – and followed it with another almost immediately to recover and beat Traktor. Avangard continued Neftekhimik’s miserable streak, winning 3-2 in Nizhnekamsk to make it 10 straight losses for the home team. Sochi, another struggling team, took Amur to overtime before losing to Vladislav Barulin’s second of the game.
Dynamo ends SKA’s winning start. September 24 round-up
After nine consecutive victories, SKA suffered its first loss of the season. Roman Rotenberg’s men went down in a shoot-out against Dynamo Moscow, which defeated this opponent at the third attempt this season. Elsewhere, Metallurg resumed the lead in the East following a 4-0 win over Kunlun, Salavat Yulaev edged Dinamo Minsk in a shoot-out and there were wins for Lokomotiv and Severstal.
SKA stays unbeaten, CSKA loses again. September 22 round-up
League leader SKA recorded a 6-3 win at Kunlun Red Star, extending its perfect start to nine games. Defending champion CSKA suffered a second successive loss, going down to Dinamo Minsk. Dynamo Moscow defeated Severstal as Alexei Kudashov celebrated 400 games as head coach in the KHL, while Avtomobilist returned to the top of the Eastern Conference after winning at Sibir.
Spartak stuns Ak Bars, Metallurg reaches the top. September 21 round-up
Spartak pulled off a shock 2-0 win in Kazan, gaining swift revenge for its recent home loss to the same opponent and moving to second in the Western Conference. In the East, Metallurg was the big mover, overtaking Avtomobilist after winning at Admiral. Salavat Yulaev also won in the Far East, edging Amur in a shoot-out, while Avangard maintained its recent improvement with victory at Sochi. Torpedo and Lokomotiv both picked up wins.
Dragons shock CSKA. September 20 round-up
Kunlun Red Star pulled off the biggest shock of the season to date, defeating defending champion CSKA in overtime. Zac Leslie’s goal makes it back-to-back victories for the Chinese franchise in its latest home stand. Elsewhere, Neftekhimik wasted a great chance to record its first victory, blowing a 2-0 lead to lost at Sibir. Barys blanked Eastern Conference leader Avtomobilist and Dinamo Minsk edged Severstal by the odd goal in five.
Avangard continues to improve, Bocharov wins goalie battle. September 19
The week’s action began in the Far East, where Salavat Yulaev and Metallurg enjoyed 2-0 road wins. Avangard got its second successive victory, defeating Traktor 3-1. Lokomotiv came out on top at Dynamo in a game where both goalies faced their former team-mates, and Torpedo edged Vityaz in a shoot-out.
SKA stays unbeaten, Znarok defeats former club. September 18 round-up
SKA recorded its eighth victory of the season with a shoot-out success over Severstal, but the league leader trailed for much of Sunday’s game. Oleg Znarok returned to Spartak and enjoyed a 4-1 victory with his new charges at Ak Bars. That helps Kazan keep pace with Eastern Conference leader Avtomobilist, which handed struggling Neftekhimik a 4-3 defeat. Barys moves into the top eight in the East with a 2-0 win over Sibir, while defending champion CSKA has a share of second place in the West following a 5-2 success at home to Sochi.
Repeat wins for Magnitka, Admiral; Dorozhko impresses on debut. Sep 17
Two days after Metallurg and Admiral picked up victories over Amur and Salavat Yulaev, Saturday’s rematches delivered similar outcomes. On both occasions, the outcome was closer, but the eventual victors were the same. In Saturday’s late game, Lokomotiv snapped a three-game skid with a shoot-out win over Vityaz, but struggled to solve rookie goalie Maxim Dorozhko who made 42 saves in his first KHL start.
SKA keeps winning, Avangard starts winning. September 16 round-up
SKA extended its winning streak to seven games at the start of the season, edging Dynamo in a hard-fought game in Moscow. There was relief for Avangard, which got its first win of the season at the seventh attempt thanks to a 5-2 win at Barys. However, Neftekhimik is still seeking its first success after a 0-4 loss at Traktor. Avtomobilist beat Sibir in the battle of the East’s early leaders, Ak Bars moved into second thanks to an OT win over Dinamo Minsk and Torpedo needed the extras to edge past Spartak. Kunlun Red Star posted a 3-1 victory over Sochi as Garet Hunt got into his latest fight.
Avangard’s skid continues. September 15 round-up
A 5-3 loss to Barys saw Avangard’s losing streak extend to six games this season. Despite a third-period rally, the visitor was unable to recover from 1-4 and is still seeking its first win. Elsewhere, it was a good day for goalies with Eddie Pasquale and Nikita Serebryakov recording shut-outs as Metallurg and Admiral defeated Amur and Salavat Yulaev respectively.
Sibir downs Avangard in derby. September 13 round-up
The big game of the day saw Sibir extend Avangard’s miserable start to the season. The Siberian derby saw the Hawks suffer a fifth straight loss, although there was the consolation of a bonus point after forcing the game to a shoot-out. Elsewhere, Barys got its first win of the season with a 3-1 success at home to Traktor, while Amur won 2-1 at home to Kunlun Red Star.
A good day for travel. September 12 round-up
All five games on Monday’s KHL card went to the visitor as a dose of collective homesickness swept the league. Dinamo Minsk’s overtime win at Ak Bars was a stand-out result, while Dynamo ended Vityaz’ perfect start with a 2-0 win in Balashikha. SKA remains unbeaten following a 4-1 success at Severstal, Torpedo withstood a fightback from Neftekhimik and in Ufa, Evgeny Biryukov’s 900th game ended in a 1-3 loss at the hands of Spartak.
Avangard suffers fourth straight loss, CSKA back on track. September 11
Avtomobilist’s 4-2 win over Avangard leaves the Hawks rock bottom. Four defeats so far this season means Dmitry Ryabykin’s team is the only one without a point so far. CSKA, smarting from two heavy losses in its last two games, responded with a 3-2 victory at Lokomotiv. Earlier, Admiral beat Kunlun 3-1 and Traktor took a shoot-out verdict at Sibir.
Maillet makes the difference. September 10 round-up
Metallurg’s Canadian forward Philippe Maillet produced a game-winning display to end Spartak’s unbeaten start to the season. He scored twice, including an overtime tally, to cancel out Phil Varone’s strike in Magnitogorsk. In Saturday’s other game, Dinamo Minsk won 5-1 at winless Neftkehimik.
Top two stay unbeaten. September 9 round-up
SKA and Vityaz remain unbeaten after collecting their fourth wins of the season. SKA had a fairly straightforward 4-1 success against previously undefeated Dynamo, but Vityaz had to come from behind three times before defeating Lokomotiv in overtime. Elsewhere, Severstal enjoyed a big win at home to CSKA, Salavat Yulaev beat Traktor in its home opener, Sochi got its first success of the season and Sibir’s power play defeated Kunlun Red Star.
Tough day for Eastern giants. September 8 round-up
Thursday’s big games were in Magnitogorsk and Kazan, where two of the Eastern Conference’s powerhouses are finding things unusually tough early in the season. Ak Bars needed overtime to edge past a stubborn Admiral, while Metallurg blew a 4-2 lead and lost to Amur. Torpedo’s offense had a good day, scoring seven on Avtomobilist.
Lokomotiv wins on anniversary, Khairullin hits a hat-trick. September 7
The 11th anniversary of the Yaroslavl air disaster saw Lokomotiv edge a 4-3 win over Neftekhimik on an emotional evening at its home arena. Youngster Daniil Tesanov got the winner. Dynamo and SKA maintained their unbeaten starts to the season, with Marat Khairullin’s hat-trick leading Petersburg to a 4-1 win over Avangard. Vityaz is also perfect after three games thanks to a 5-0 win over Barys. Salavat Yulaev snapped its losing start to the campaign with a 4-2 victory in Minsk, ending Dinamo’s winning start.
Severstal stuns Magnitka. September 6 round-up
The performance of the day came from Severstal, which recovered from 0-3 to defeat Metallurg in overtime. That was one of three games that went beyond 60 minutes, with Traktor beating Avtomobilist 4-3 in the extras and Sibir beating Kunlun Red Star in a shoot-out. The Dragons handed a debut to Kris Afanasyev in that one, bringing the KHL’s first Mexican-born player. Janis Kalnins made his debut in goal for Amur at Torpedo, but would prefer to forget this one after finishing on the wrong end of a 1-6 scoreline. Spartak got its third win of the season against Admiral in Tuesday’s other action.
Ak Bars humbles defending champ. September 5 round-up
The big game of the day produced a big scoreline. Ak Bars thrashed defending champion CSKA 5-1 in Moscow to underline its status as one of the hot favorites for this season’s honors. Across town, Dynamo Moscow enjoyed the biggest win of the day, defeated Neftekhimik 6-1. Dinamo Minsk scored six on Avangard, Dmitrij Jaskin inspired SKA to victory over Barys and Vityaz edged Salavat Yulaev 3-2.
Goalies on top. September 4 round-up
Sunday’s action brought three shut-outs in five games, with two more teams limited to a single goal. Lokomotiv blanked Traktor for a 4-0 win in Chelyabinsk, Amur defeated Kunlun 2-0 and Spartak edged a 1-0 verdict over Sibir. The highest scoring game of the day saw Avtomobilist beat Severstal 4-3, while Sochi’s first goal of the season was never enough to prevent a 1-4 loss to Admiral.
Dynamo blanks Ak Bars on high scoring day. September 3 round-up
Saturday’s action was dominant by forwards – except at Dynamo. Ilya Konovalov was the home team’s star, blanking the likes of Radulov and Shipachyov in his new club’s 2-0 win over Ak Bars. Elsewhere, Metallurg won by the odd goal in nine, CSKA had the same 5-4 scoreline against Neftekhimik, but in overtime, and Dinamo Minsk tied 3-3 with Barys before prevailing in a shoot-out. SKA needed the extras to halt Salavat Yulaev’s fightback, while Avangard lost to Vityaz on its return to Balashikha.
Debut day. September 2 round-up
The second day of KHL action brought several notable debuts. Kunlun Red Star’s Kyle Wood picked up three points on his first appearance in the league, helping the Dragons to a 3-1 win. Taylor Beck had 1+1 as Sibir won 2-0 at Sochi, while veteran Sergei Andronov scored twice on his first game for Lokomotiv, only to end on the losing side in Yekaterinburg. Elsewhere, Severstal had a good win at Traktor and Spartak edged Amur on a late goal from Ilya Talaluyev.
Opening Cup goes to CSKA. September 1 round-up
CSKA lifted the Opening Cup after a blistering second period performance put Metallurg to the sword. Last season’s champion made a stuttering start and trailed 0-2 at the first intermission. But five unanswered goals in the middle frame emphatically turned the game around.
CSKA wins Gagarin Cup. April 30 playoffs
CSKA is the 2022 Gagarin Cup winner, completing victory in game seven of the final series thanks to a 3-1 success in Magnitogorsk. It’s the second time the Muscovites have won the trophy, and it avenges a game seven loss against Metallurg in the 2016 final. CSKA also rallied from 1-3 down in the series to win, matching the achievement of cross-town rival Dynamo Moscow in the 2012 final against Avangard.
Dahlbeck keeps CSKA’s hopes alive. April 26 playoffs
The Gagarin Cup final continues! CSKA came to Magnitogorsk knowing that it was win or bust in game five – and Klas Dahlbeck’s overtime goal kept the Muscovites in the competition. Now Sergei Fedorov’s team can tie up the series on Thursday when the teams return to Russia’s capital.
CSKA gets the first win. April 18 playoffs
Game one of the 2022 Gagarin Cup final went to CSKA, with the Muscovites’ defensive discipline successfully blunting Metallurg’s counter-attacking game. Sergei Fedorov’s team stuck to its task diligently, limiting opportunities for Magnitka to deploy those devastating swift turnarounds that have been so effective in previous rounds.
Plotnikov’s double, Fedotov’s shut-out, CSKA into final. April 14 playoffs
CSKA silenced SKA’s offense to win Thursday’s game seven showdown in St. Petersburg. Ivan Fedotov made 26 saves to blank the home team, while Sergei Plotnikov scored twice. The Muscovites advance to play Metallurg in the Gagarin Cup final, making their fourth consecutive appearance in the grand final.