In a gritty battle, SKA outlasted Dynamo Moscow at the VTB Arena in the 2022/2023 KHL regular season, claiming a pulsating 3:2 victory to make it seven wins on the bounce!
The first period was a somewhat underwhelming affair.
With the teams competing at a slow, dull tempo, barely any chances were witnessed in the frame.
Nevertheless, after wasting an early powerplay, Dynamo did get on the board midway through the period. After a strong effort had ricocheted off the boards behind Dmitry Nikolaev’s net, Eric O’Dell reacted quickest to lash the loose puck over the line with our goalkeeper slightly out of position.
Nikolaev later did well to deny the clean-though O’Dell. For our part, one opportunity was created towards the end of the frame, as Alexander Nikishin thumped off target when unmarked between the faceoff circles.
The second period initially didn’t see an increase in the pace at all.
However, SKA did gradually begin to take a measure of control of proceedings in the second half of the stanza, applying a spell of pressure on Dynamo which resulted in two quick-fire goals within 60 seconds of each other.
On the right faceoff circle, Igor Ozhiganov equalised with an unstoppable one-timer, before Stepan Falkovsky was given enough time to pick his spot when alone on the left wing in the subsequent play.
Despite those two conceded goals, though, Dynamo came out with all guns blazing for the third period, immediately pressing our players and quickly tallying an equaliser.
Nikolaev dealt with the first shot unleashed by the 1-on-1 Jordan Weal, but Dmitry Rashevsky was on hand to pounce on the rebound and bat it in mid-air.
That goal firmly gave Dynamo the initiative.
At times, their pressing was overwhelming in our zone, not allowing the visitors to breathe and taking aim from any angle possible. With the goal at his mercy, Ivan Igumnov should have registered Dynamo’s third marker, however he contrived to miss the target after taking our defence out of the picture with a sharp play.
SKA, on the other hand, were ruthless with their opportunities and struck a decisive blow in the 54th minute.
From the left faceoff circle, Dmitrij Jaskin caught Dynamo goaltender Konstantin Volkov cold with a superb backhand attempt.
In the closing minutes, Dynamo did pull Volkov for the extra skater, but SKA calmly saw out the game successfully with Nikolaev a rock in net.
SKA will now prepare to host Severstal Cherepovets in Saint Petersburg on Sunday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:30 local time.
Dynamo Moscow – SKA – 2:3 (1:0, 0:2, 1:1)
1:0 O’Dell (Martynov, Boikov), 09.31
1:1 Ozhiganov (Zhafyarov, Jaskin), 32.43
1:2 Falkovsky (Nikishin, Bardakov), 33.38
2:2 Rashevsky (Weal), 41.29
2:3 Jaskin (Vorobyov), 53.00
Goalkeepers: Volkov – Nikolaev
Shots: 57 – 47
Shots on target: 25 – 19
Faceoffs: 29 – 20
Blocked shots: 13 – 20
Hits: 20 – 20
Penalty minutes: 2 – 2
Referees: Gamaley, Sergeev
Linesmen: Zakharov, Sysuev
16.09.2022. VTB Arena, Moscow.