Kunlun was the third team in contention for eighth place, but the Dragons always had an outside chance. This would be Red Star’s final game of the regular season and only a win in regulation would keep it in contention if Neftekhimik failed to win in Vladivostok in its last meeting.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the game had to be relocated and the teams agreed to meet in Novosibirsk. Unusually for a KHL game, there were three national anthems – Latvia, China and Russia – played before the puck was dropped. There was also a minute’s applause in support of the Chinese people and both teams wore #wuhanstrong and #chinastrong patches on their uniforms.
On the ice, though, the pressure seemed to affect Red Star. Dinamo, with nothing much to play for, had the better of the early stages and gradually turned that into goals thanks to Carter Ashton and Lauris Darzins midway through the game. Kunlun got one back in the third when Devante Smith-Pelly struck but Dinamo held on for the remaining seven minutes to end Red Star’s season.