Slovan Bratislava wins the last home game against Dinamo Minsk 3-2 – CSKA remain victorious against Ak Bars in the fourth duel with 3-2.
For Slovan Bratislava today was the last home game of the season on the board. Opponent was Dinamo Minsk, for the Belorussians the playoff-train had also already left at the end of January. The game you could tell that in both teams the air was outside. Slovan was probably trying to do something for the game, but Teemu Pulkkinen and Maxim Parfeyevets were in the lead until the 13th minute for their 2-0 lead. Then Slovan woke up and in the first powerplay of the game Rudolf Cerveny scored with a shot to the connecting goal.
In the second period, both teams started to pace. First, Slovan made it through Marek Sloboda in the 24th minute to equalize and just four minutes later, Dinamo players Jonathon Blum and Lukas Klok fought a boxing match. After Dinamo Minsk had the slightly better chances, it remained after 40 minutes but in 2-2.
In the final period Slovan Bratislava wanted to give the season-plagued fans a victory. This was also successful because Jeff Taffe standing in front of the goal was not to be separated from the disc and Dinamo Goalie Jhonas Enroth defeated in the 47th minute to 3-2 winning goal. Then, after a long time, there was a really good atmosphere and the team could say goodbye with a success.
Slovan Bratislava vs Dinamo Minsk 3-2 (1-2, 1-0, 1-0)
After two home defeats, Traktor Chelyabinsk had to clinch a clear victory against Severstal today. Before the game you had only two points ahead of 9th place.
Severstal have been out of the playoff race for a couple of games, but Traktor did not find it easy. The home team went through in the 5th minute by Alexander P. Sharov in front, but really could not dominate the game. So Severstal succeeded in the 27.Minute by Ashton also the Ausgleich.Am end it put for Traktor again a defeat. Severstal sat down in the shootout with 2-1. Thus, tractor secures only a single point and can thus at least not be caught up immediately by Sibir.
Tractor Chelyabinsk vs Cherepovets 1-2 OS (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod needed four counters from the last four games before the match to be in the playoffs. At Lokomotiv Yaroslavl this project should be difficult today. Torpedo managed to keep the game open and in the 25th minute, Andrew Calof scored the 1-0 lead for the visitors. Lok continued to struggle as a result, but Brandon Kozun scored the goal to make it 1-1 90 seconds before the second break. In the 42nd minute Torpedo put in the powerplay again (2-1, Miele), but this time Lok needed only two minutes to compensate by Yegor Averin to 2-2. With this score, it went into extra time. There Philip Holm made in the 63rd Minute with his goal but then still for a tractor victory. This victory was worth a lot. Nizhny Novgorod now holds 60 points and at the same time has a 9 point lead in 9th place, with Sibir still achieving a maximum of eight points.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl vs Nizhny Novgorod 2-3 OT (0-0, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)
Vityaz Podolsk had no easy task in the away fixture at Metallurg Magnitogorsk today. After the recent unfortunate overtime defeat at Sochi, they were only five points clear of the West Conference 9th, Dinamo Riga. Metallurg wanted to celebrate after four recent defeats again a victory, possibly to reach even fourth place and the associated home right to playoff start. Metallurg was also the clear better team, but the visitors managed in the 22.minute by Nikita Komarov but the opening goal. Maksim Matushkin in the 31.minute and Ivan Vereshchagin in the 38th minute provided the deserved 2-1 lead by Magnitogorsk after 40 minutes. In the final third, Vityaz tried to score, but Matt Ellison fixed his 4-1 home victory for Metallurg with his brace.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk vs Vityaz Podolsk 4-1 (0-0, 2-1, 2-0)
In the fourth and final meeting of last year’s finalists in Kazan, Ak Bars tried their first win against CSKA today. Kirill Kaprizov was able to prevent this again. After his last hat-trick in Bratislava, the CSKA striker scored twice in the starting third and additionally provided an assist for the 2-0. By Anton Lander Ak Bars but could write at least in the first third. It was quite exciting when Alexander Svitov in the 55th minute Kazan brought on a goal. In the end, however, the Kaprizov show from the starting third was enough for the narrow 3-2 victory of the army team from Moscow.
AK Bars Kazan vs CSKA Moscow 2-3 (1-3, 0-0, 1-0)
SKA met Spartak Moscow in Moscow, but St. Petersburg had to win in order to keep the Tikhonov Cup for the best Russian KHL team after the first round. They celebrated the mandatory victory with goals from Jarno Koskiranta in the power play (35.Min) and Mikhail Maltsev in the 43.Minute. Since Magnus Hellberg celebrated his eighth shutout, there was also a 2-0 success in the end.
Spartak Moscow vs SKA St. Petersburg 0-2 (0-0, 0-1, 0-1)
In Moscow there was another game – Dynamo Moscow against Jokerit Helsinki for a possible playoff duel. Helsinki is very safe in fourth place and Dynamo in fifth already has nine points behind. In the end, Dynamo Moscow won 5-3, with Latvian Miks Indrasis scoring twice. Overall, there was in this hard-run game a penalty minute ratio of 37:27.
Dynamo Moscow vs Jokerit Helsinki 5-3 (0-0, 3-1, 2-2)