You wait for ages, and two come along at once

Source: Club Press-Office

07.10.2016

KUNLUN RED STAR 4 SPARTAK MOSCOW 2

Commuters the world over have had cause to complain that a delayed bus or train is followed by a flurry of belated transport activity. But Kunlun defenseman Joonas Jarvinen had no grounds for complaint after scoring twice to break his long KHL goal drought.

The Finn played 43 times for HC Sochi last season and managed just one assist for his efforts. But in only his fifth game for Kunlun, the 27-year-old scored twice – and pocketed the game-winner to boot.

Jarvinen got a look at Spartak 10 days ago when Red Star played in Moscow, and clearly spotted some weaknesses. He opened the scoring in 17th minute with a power play goal, then added the game-winner in the 53rd, snapping a 2-2 tie. It wasn’t, perhaps, the most beautiful of plays. Max Warn’s rush was impressive, then goalie Nikita Bespalov found shots bouncing around his crease before Jarvinen forced the puck home. Elegance 0, significance 1.

Damien Fleury added a fourth goal late on to complete the job that started with Tobias Viklund tying the game with a powerful shot from the blue line in the 49th minute. That goal came on a power play and head coach Vladimir Yurzinov would surely be delighted that his team scored twice in the three occasions that it had a numerical advantage, while successfully killing all three penalties it incurred.

Indeed, the only worrisome moment in the entire game came in the second period. Despite Kunlun’s general superiority, Spartak rallied in the middle stanza and managed to haul itself ahead. First Anatoly Nikontsev tied the game in the 23rd minute then Ryan Stoa made it 2-1 late in the session. But that was not enough to upset Red Star’s progress: a 4-2 scoreline delivered the team’s third win on the bounce. Next up it’s Torpedo in Shanghai, and a chance to make it four in a row.