The KHL’s basement duo battled it out in Mytishchi, serving up a more entertaining game than their league positions might suggest. Red Star handed a debut to Vyacheslav Leshchenko, who began his career in this arena with Atlant, but recently arrived goalie Jeremy Smith had to be content as understudy to Dmitry Shikin.
The home team, out to avenge last week’s loss in Latvia, came out hard, but fell behind against the run of play when Ondrej Vitasek exchanged passes with Miks Indrasis and scored on his former club. Jake Chelios tied it up, but Indrasis quickly restored Dinamo’s lead.
In the second period, the Dragons were dominant, doing everything but score. Riga, at times ragged, punished that profligacy: Pavel Chernov made it 3-1 and the Latvians were anticipating a victory that would leave the two teams level on points.
But Red Star was not to be subdued so easily. As Dinamo ran into penalty trouble, Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice to tie the game. Indrasis grabbed his third of the season to restore the visitor’s lead on the PP — all three of those goals came against Kunlun — but right away the host got a power play of its own and Tyler Wong took us to overtime.
In the extras, the home team first had to kill the remainder of a penalty for Chelios late in regulation. That was successfully done, but just as a shoot-out seemed certain, Denis Parshin delivered the game-winner and sent Red Star spinning to an eighth successive loss.