“So I hear the Bettman get meteor. How burning rock solve lockout????” (Photo credit: dynamo.ru)
Fueled by two bonafide NHL superstars, Dynamo Moscow has recently had the power to rally back from big deficits. Against Vityaz on Tuesday, they came back to win after a 2-1 third-period deficit, and against Severstal on Friday they won despite being down 3-0 heading into the second. On Monday, after falling behind early to Atlant Moscow Region, Dynamo still seemed like could pull it out considering their sizable 11-4 shot advantage after the first period.
Dynamo couldn’t make the magic happen for a third consecutive game. Despite two assists from Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo fell to Atlant 5-2.
Backstrom and Ovechkin assist on Dynamo’s goal at 5:45 and 8:50.
With Dynamo goaltender Alexander Eremenko injured, back-up Alexei Volkov struggled. In the first, former Canadien Andreas Engqvist scored, giving Atlant a 1-0 lead. Next, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Fedor Tyutin hit the top shelf with a snapshot on the powerplay for his first career KHL goal five minutes into the second. Ten minutes later, a former Blue Jacket, Maksim Mayorov, pushed the lead to 3-0.
While Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom showed chemistry on assists by Janne Jalasvaara and Leo Komarov, Bruins prospect Anton Khudobin was outstanding in net, stopping 42 of 44 shots Dynamo players threw at him.
Atlant added goals from youngster Alexander Shevchenko (Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg has got his first KHL point assisting him) and Nik Zherdev in the third period to go on to win 5-2.
Despite the loss, Backstrom, who was named KHL forward of the week, extended his points streak to seven straight games. Ovechkin extended his points streak to six. And after his two point game today, Backstrom now has the highest points per game (1.545) in the KHL.
And oh yeah, here’s me at the game.