In the off-season, Dynamo lost the rights to its best sniper of two championships, Dmitry Yashkin, to SKA for 45 million rubles. “This is a profitable deal for us,” commented the general manager of the blue and white Aleksey Sopin on the transfer of the Russian Czech. Now Yashkin, in SKA uniform and captain’s patch, salutes his former team. He scored the winning goal in the first Moscow match (3:2), and today he scored a double and converted the first bullet. However, according to the rules of the KHL, the throw that ends the series is considered decisive. It was made by Vorobyov.
Already in the seventh minute, the guests were leading 2-0. The head coach of the hosts Alexei Kudashov replaced the goalkeeper. Although Konovalov is not at all to blame for the missed goals, except that he lost the status of the “horse shaft”, won in Yaroslavl. Volkov, who came out of the bench, who had scored in the previous home match with SKA, immediately won the close fight against the author of the second goal, Zhafyarov. The understudy goalkeeper with the eloquent name Konstantin (translated from ancient as “permanent”) was not embarrassed by Yashkin’s rebound puck – it flew into the goalkeeper’s goal.
And the pursuit was organized by the Olympionik Kablukov’s link, which went out onto the ice with the first launch. Penetrating Muranov showed perseverance on the spot and finished off the puck in Samonov’s gate with two attempts.
In the second period, Kablukov, dodging the puck after a long throw by defender Martynov, managed to correct it with his hip into the net.
And in the third – O’Dell punished Yashkin for a stupid foul, realizing the numerical advantage. The Canadian famously worked on the middle patch.
Boiling water dripped in the last minute of overtime. Forward blue and white Sushko crushed defender Ozhiganov. The owner of the Stanley Cup Volkov tirelessly and a shadow of doubt fired at the gates of his namesake, but the hosts survived.
In the second St. Petersburg match, Kudashov’s wards celebrated victory in a shootout thanks to Rashevsky. This time he landed in the rack, shifting the puck under the backhand – she, insidious, got a little off the hook. Yashkin, on the other hand, performed the bullet simply, but with taste. And Vorobyov generally sent the puck into the net with a rebound from the bar.
At the press conference, both coaches were satisfied with the result. Especially Roman Rotenberg, who remembered that this match was the 1000th anniversary for his team in the KHL. At the same time, he noted that if SKA plays correctly, then it is impossible to defeat him. Well, he has every right to such an assessment. In 23 matches, their 24th Neva army team score points, losing once in overtime and regular time to Lokomotiv.
Only now the author of these lines left a question unanswered: what if Yashkin had strengthened Dynamo in the off-season, what would the white-and-blues look like now? And who benefited from the exchange of Yashkin in SKA?
Dynamo (Moscow) – SKA – 3:4 B (1:3, 1:0, 1:0, 0:0, 0:1). Goals: Muranov, Kablukov, O’Dell – Yashkin (2), Zhafyarov, Vorobyov (dec. bul.).
PS And in the crisis Ak Bars, forward Alexander Radulov was removed from the main team. He will miss the next home match against Neftekhimik. Kazan head coach Oleg Znarok made it clear that there are no untouchables in his team. Maybe the ex-soldier was given a break before the principled meeting with CSKA, which will take place at the Tatneft Arena on November 1.