Dinamo recorded a third straight victory and is now just one point outside the playoff places with two games to play. A shut-out from Timur Bilyalov helped to lift the Latvians past basement club Slovan and intensify the pressure on Vityaz as the season enters its final week.
It wasn’t until late in the second period that Dinamo got in front here. The host enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but could not force a goal until Oskars Batnja beat Jakub Stepanek in the 35th minute. A power play goal from Linus Videll quickly doubled that lead before Stepanek’s evening got much worse early in the third. The Czech goalie took a minor for roughing and things quickly snowballed. A misconduct penalty followed and he was ultimately ejected from the game for abusing the officials. Replacement netminder Michal Vojvoda was beaten inside two minutes of his KHL debut as Andris Dzerinsconverted the power play. The 18-year-old allowed two more power play goals late in the game as Rihards Marenis and a second from Dzerins gave the final scoreline a one-sided look. Bilyalov made 22 saves for his fourth shut-out of the season.
Dinamo now faces end-of-season trips to Severstal and CSKA as it looks for the points that will push it into the top eight. Vityaz, its closest rival, entertains Dinamo Minsk and Avtomobilist as it tries to clinch its playoff spot.