CSKA defeated Torpedo and the rojiblancos defeated Magnitogorsk.
On Monday, February 20, “Match TV,” without soccer load, showed two games from the final regular season of the KHL. The CSKA champion impressed by firing 8 goals into Avtozavodtsev’s net (8:3). Unfortunately, the success of Spartak (4:2) fighting for a ticket to the playoffs was seen only by owners of a subscription to the paid channel KHL Prime. Strongly complicated his life at the finish line “Neftekhimik”.
CSKA misses, but crushes inconvenient for themselves “Torpedo”. Igor Larionov’s team for the first time received so much in their own network. There was 2:6 from SKA, 0:4 from Lokomotiv (when the professor flew away for the anniversary of Detroit’s first Stanley Cup win), but I can’t remember a “-5”. But just before the final siren, the rojiazules won 8:1. But the Swedish goalkeeper Reideborn, who lost motivation, not without the help of his partner Sorkin, who reached into the goal, slightly improved the mood of the Nizhny Novgorod team.
The champions, who have been very stingy with goals of late, used to score 8 just once, at home against Dynamo Minsk, but they also conceded 5. Having beaten their direct competitors in the fight for Lokomotiv’s top 4 places and Torpedo conference, CSKA moved up to second place. And if the playoffs started tomorrow, the army team would have agreed with Severstal. And “lynxes” are not a gift even for applicants for the Gagarin Cup. Let them not win, but exhaust any opponent.
Supported on the brink of the abyss, Spartak, after an offensive defeat of the aforementioned Severstal (1: 3), recovered and deservedly won a strong-willed victory over Metallurg, the finalists of the 2022 playoffs. It is a pity that the matches in the CSKA Arena and in Megasport were parallel.
I remember that the last victory of the rojiblancos in the derby with Dynamo (2: 1) was called a miracle by other experts, because the goals turned out to be illogical: Lyubimov scored from a minority, and Talaluev drove the puck into the net like a racket from tennis. But even today Loktionov evened the score, also in a minority. And then the hosts showed character and thirst for victory.
– We wanted to earn more, – summed up the results in the locker room. Spartak head coach Alexei Zavarukhin. – We have a stronger opponent in front of us, let’s tune in.
And the captain of the rojiblanco Khokhlachov, having received a gladiator helmet as the best man of the match, added that he needed to win these derbies: the 22nd against CSKA (Megasport) and the 26th against Dynamo (VTB Arena).
Tomorrow, Spartak’s competitor Dynamo Minsk will play a do-or-die match at home against Traktor. And for both opponents. The rojiblancos are one point behind the “bison” (if the matches are even). And Neftekhimik, who unexpectedly lost at home to Sochi (Michkov scored the winning goal), gave the Chelyabinsk team a chance to save. As, however, and “Amur”.
CSKA – Torpedo – 8:3, Spartak – Metallurg – 4:2, Neftekhimik – HC Sochi – 1:3, Avangard – Barys – 4:3.