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Kunlun Red Star – SKA – 3:6

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HC SKA press-service

In a goal-filled duel, SKA had too much firepower for Kunlun Red Star in Mytishchi, cruising to a comfortable 6:3 triumph on the road in the 2022/2023 KHL regular season.

Our players made a positive start to proceedings.

With less than three minutes on the clock, SKA made the breakthrough in Moscow Region, as Dmitrij Jaskin slid the puck under Matthew Jurusik’s pads from the doorstep on the powerplay.

Midway through the opening frame, Kunlun thought that they had equalised through Tyler Wong on the doorstep. However, following a short video review, the marker was disallowed as a consequence of offside.

SKA promptly doubled their money in the 13th minute after a lengthy spell of pressure.

On another powerplay, Marat Khusnutdinov was the quickest to react on the slot after Alex Grant’s thumping slap shot had initially been kept out.

Firmly on the front foot, SKA were dominating the play, creating clear opportunities at will and regularly calling Jurusik into action. Nevertheless, the game took an unpleasant twist in the 16th minute, as our defenseman Alexander Nikishin was chucked out of the match with a 5+20 penalty for an illegal hit against Wong.

Kunlun Red Star – SKA – 3:6

Kunlun halved the deficit on ensuing powerplay with two seconds remaining in the first period. Alone on the left wing, Kyle Wood beat SKA goalkeeper Dmitry Nikolaev with a large one-timer.

Thankfully, SKA calmly kept Kunlun at bay for the remainder of that Chinese powerplay.

Our team subsequently set about regaining the initiative. In such a physical game, the next goal was always going to be crucial, and Zakhar Bardakov grabbed it for SKA in the 28th minute with a rising attempt high into the right corner beyond the stricken Jurusik.

SKA went on to take complete control of the match in the second period.

Our advantage was increased to three at the halfway mark of the match, as Valentin Zykov’s pass across the slot on the powerplay was inadvertently turned into his own net by a Kunlun player. As SKA continued to pile overwhelming pressure on Kunlun, the fifth goal felt like a matter of time, and it duly arrived in the 37th minute.

And it was a beauty too.

After escaping his marker with intelligent movement, Alexander Volkov connected with Roman Rukavishnikov’s superb pass to expertly knock the puck in.

The third period saw SKA continue to control the game with little trouble.

The game well and truly ended as a contest in the 47th minute. On the counter-attack, Nikita Komarov had enough time to pick his spot and whipped a rasping wrist shot over Jurusik’s glove.

Not long later, SKA made a planned goalkeeping switch, with 26-year-old Maxim Sidorov replacing Nikolaev to make his competitive debut for our team.

Unfortunately, he was soon picking the puck out from the back of his net.

Garet Hunt unleashed what seemed a harmless wrist shot from distance, but Sidorov was deceived by a wicked deflection off a SKA stick directly in front of him.

The visibly fired-up Kunlun soon registered their third goal.

Unchallenged at the blue line, Dmitry Kostenko fired a laser slap shot into the left corner after Sidorov had pulled off a series of tricky saves.

Kunlun were buoyant following their quick pair of goals. In the closing stages, the Chinese hosts pressed SKA with intensity and even pulled the goalkeeper when competing on a 4-on-3 powerplay, but our team held firm to successfully see the game out.

SKA will now prepare to host Dynamo Moscow in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 17:00 local time.

Match protocol:

Kunlun Red Star – SKA – 3:6 (1:2, 0:3, 2:1)

Goals:

0:1 Jaskin (Nikishin, Vorobyov), 02.47 PPG

0:2 Khusnutdinov (Grant), 12.07 PPG

1:2 Wood (Chelios), 19.58 PPG

1:3 Bardakov (Zykov), 27.32

1:4 Zykov (Khairullin, Grant), 31.37 PPG

1:5 Volkov (Rukavishnikov, Zykov), 37.19

1:6 Komarov (Zhafyarov, Khairullin), 46.19

2:6 Hunt, 49.50

3:6 Kostenko (Rodewald), 55.14

Goalkeepers: Jurusik – Nikolaev/Sidorov

Shots: 62 – 73

Shots on target: 30 – 42

Faceoffs: 32 – 27

Blocked shots: 14 – 19

Hits: 12 – 10

Penalty minutes: 14 – 33

Referees: Prokuratov, Spirin

Linesmen: Sadovnikov, Osipov

22.09.2022. Arena Mytishchi, Mytishchi.

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