Three games, one scoreline.
All three of Monday’s KHL games with the same scoreline, and each visiting team left with a 3-2 overtime verdict. SKA needed a late goal from Marat Khairullin to complete its fightback at CSKA, before Maxim Groshev decided the day’s big game. Earlier, Dynamo Moscow won at Kunlun Red Star thanks to a Dmitry Rashevsky penalty shot in the extras. Dinamo Minsk snapped its four-game losing streak thanks to Joseph Duszak’s first goal of the season at Torpedo.
Dynamo subdues spirited Dragons
Kunlun Red Star 2 Dynamo Moscow 3 OT (0-0, 0-0, 2-2, 0-1)
Dynamo extended its winning streak to six games, but had to dig deep to overcome a spirited Kunlun team.
The host named an unchanged line-up after defeating CSKA in overtime on Saturday – and came close to repeating that result against the defending champion’s cross-town rival. Dynamo had the better of the first two periods but was unable to turn its supremacy into goals. Then, in the third period, the teams traded four goals.
Dynamo got the first early in the session when Andrei Mironov fired home. The game produced few penalties, but Kunlun’s second power play of the game saw captain Brandon Yip tie it up on 54 minutes. Parity lasted just 49 seconds until Jordan Weal restored the visitor’s advantage.
However, the 2022-2023 KRS roster has a ‘zero quit’ mentality. Against CSKA it tied the game with two goals in the last five minutes; today it forced overtime when Kyle Wood scored with two minutes left to play.
In the extras, though, the Dragons’ wings were clipped. Red Star seemed to be in prime position to get the win when Weal was called for interference in the final minute. However, the power play did not come off and a Dynamo breakaway ended with Parker Foo fouling an opponent on his way to goal. Dmitry Rashevsky dispatched the penalty shot on 64:59 to give the Blue-and-Whites the win.
Duszak ends Minsk’s skid
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 2 Dinamo Minsk 3 OT (0-1, 2-0, 0-1, 0-1)
Dinamo snapped its four-game losing streak with an overtime victory at Torpedo. Joseph Duszak potted his first goal in the KHL to settle the outcome, sending the host spinning to a second successive loss.
The visitor’s recent form was not impressive, culminating in a 1-5 loss at home to SKA on Saturday. However, Craig Woodcroft’s team was determined to make amends and produced a strong performance in the first period here. Pavel Varfolomeyev’s goal was the only tangible reward, but the Bison could take confidence from the way they dominated the early exchanges.
However, Igor Larionov’s Torpedo is not a team that is prepared to roll over. The philosophy is one of attacking hockey and in the second stanza that yielded two goals as the home team turned the game around. Both goals came on the power play, with Maxim Fedotov tying it up during a passage of 4-on-3 play early in the session. Then Denis Yan punished Dmitry Korobov’s tripping penalty with the go-ahead goal on 35 minutes.
The momentum had shifted and with Torpedo starting the third period on another power play, it felt like the game was there for the home team’s taking. However, Dinamo dug in. Midway through the session, Cedric Paquette tied it up and both sides cautiously played out the remainder of regulation. The extras lasted just 75 seconds before Duszak got the winner on a goal that passed a video check for offside before it could be confirmed.
SKA fights back to sink defending champ
CSKA Moscow 2 SKA St. Petersburg 3 OT (1-0, 1-1, 0-1, 0-1)
This was a clash of the titans. Champion CSKA faced SKA, a team determined to prove its own championship credentials after a flying start to the season. The visitor, beaten only once this season prior to tonight, was arguably the favorite going into a game against a Muscovite team in unconvincing form. However, SKA had to rally from 0-2 to force overtime before Maxim Groshev sealed the victory.
Given CSKA’s recent worries, it was little surprise that SKA created the first chance of the game. Andrei Pedan’s shot bounced temptingly back across the slot, but Alexander Volkov was unable to take advantage in the third minute. Next, the home team had to kill a penalty after Sergei Plotnikov’s foul.
Back at full strength, the home team grew into the game. The first CSKA power play brought the opening goal in the eighth minute. Plotnikov fed the puck out to the left where Konstantin Okulov had space to step up and launch a powerful shot that flew past Dmitry Nikolayev in the SKA net. Pavel Karnaukhov’s presence on the slot obscured the goalie’s view of the action.
Almost immediately, Nikolayev made a smart save to deny Vitaly Abramov as the home team looked to build on its advantage. The host continued to enjoy the better of the first period, but could not add to its lead.
In the second frame, another power play brought another CSKA goal. This time the home team set itself up in the O-zone and Okulov turned provider with a pass for Nikita Nesterov to fire home from the blue line. However, in the final minute of the period, Daniil Pylenkov’s one-timer got SKA on the board and set up an intriguing finish.
The third period was an even battle, but the big moment came after 55 minutes. Damir Zhafyarov dished off a pass for Khairullin and SKA’s leading scorer unleashed a powerful shot that found the top corner. At first the officials thought the puck rebounded off the crossbar, but the replay made it clear that it crossed the goal line.
That brought overtime. CSKA, as usual, withdrew goalie Adam Reideborn in favor of an extra attacker. It almost paid off. Twice, Mikhail Grigorenko hammered in slapshots. The first whistled over the top, and the second clipped the crossbar before dropping to safety. Then, at the other end, SKA grabbed the win when Maxim Groshev won a puck battle with Okulov and slid the puck into the empty net.