Big Hockey Friday (eight games) did not interest Match TV, which did not broadcast a single one. And the meeting at the CSKA Arena, where Amur conceded, was not seen by the spectators at all. He preferred the Sochi clash of the SKA farm clubs, in which Vityaz won.
Dynamo Moscow has an old new general manager, Anatoly Kharchuk, it is not the first time he has held this position, which has remained vacant since the fall following the flight of his predecessor. Kharchuk is associated with the victory of the blue and whites in the surprising lockout of the 2004/05 season. Then the team was coached by Vladimir Krikunov, and Datsyuk, Markov, Afinogenov and not only flared up, Ovechkin was preparing to conquer the NHL with might and main.
Now in the KHL one can only dream of such performers.
Dynamo players came to Omsk for the first time in the last five and a half years. Already in the new arena, erected on the site of the old one. In which Oleg Znarok’s team held the championship in 2012. Of the participants in those events, only Avangard’s defender Anton Belov remained. Before game five of the final series, he was pulled from the race; that doping story is still in the fog. Belov received a call on the day off and was advised not to go to the fifth game. By then, the Hawks were leading 3-1 and preparing to drink champagne from the Gagarin Cup. For some reason, the defender complied, although the club did not receive an official sanction. As a result, Dynamo turned the tide of the series, winning 4-3.
And today’s match did not leave anyone indifferent. A decided 3:2 OT victory was snatched by the hosts in extra time thanks to an accurate shot from underage rapist Bush.
Photo source: HC Dynamo (Moscow)
The same score was recorded in Magnitogorsk, where Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s Ak Bars finished off 2022 playoff finalist Metallurg. At the start of overtime, Olympian Semyonov scored, deftly placing his stick under Voinov’s successful shot. We wouldn’t be surprised if Kazan starts the playoffs from first place in the East.
In Yaroslavl, the SKA leader began aggressively, but then the railway took the initiative. St. Petersburg did not have enough emotions after Wednesday’s coveted victory over CSKA (3:1). Today’s meeting was not full of moments. It was a beneficial performance for the goalkeepers, Isaev and Nikolaev, and the only goal in the last seconds of the second period was scored by the “boy” Polunin. The guests were not worthy of the final assault, Nikitin’s team showed how it would deal with SKA in the playoffs. I was especially impressed by the dominance of the Yaroslavl team in the matches.
Photo source: HC SKA
However, it is far from clear that today’s rivals will meet in the spring. Predicting pairs is too early.
The CSKA champion suffered again in attack. Amur, who arrived in Moscow after three straight victories, quickly opened the scoring. Distinguished young Likhachev, who is on loan in Khabarovsk.
After the break, countless attacks by the army team bore fruit: quantity turned into quality: Slepyshev equalized the score after the “tigers” cut in the defense zone and the goalkeeper Kalninsh made a mistake.
In the third period, the guests scored a goal, but the referees did not count it, they whistled, although the goalkeeper Reideborn did not register the puck. She was lying next to her pads, from where another rented (from Magnitogorsk), Grebenkin, pushed her into the net.
With the score 1:1, the guests, thanks to the efforts of that Grebenkami, won the majority and… failed from Plotnikov, who greeted his native team.
Then there was a penalty shootout, which Okulov didn’t convert, and a goal from Grigorenko, who he didn’t score in 11 games in a row. Result 3:1.
Photo source: HC CSKA
And in Sochi, Vityaz, like the day before, gained two points. Let’s congratulate Dorozhko, a candidate for the national team, on the “rusk” (2:0) and sympathize with the Leopards, who lost Tretyak to injury yesterday. So far, no positive changes have been seen at HC Sochi, which was headed by the son of former Spartak football player Dmitry Kokorev (a graduate of Dynamo Moscow). At the same time, the child prodigy Michkov came out, who did not go out on the ice today. In the creative laboratory of former coach Sergei Svetlov, he was encouraged and began to stamp records. The former defender-destroyer is unlikely to help the young scorer.
Avangard – Dynamo M – 3:2 OT, Barys – Traktor – 4:3, Avtomobilist – Neftekhimik – 1:2, Metallurg – Ak Bars – 2:3 OT, Salavat Yulaev – Severstal – 4:1, Lokomotiv – SKA – 1 :0, HC Sochi – Vityaz – 0:2, CSKA – Amur – 3:1.