Despite the best efforts of Jaromir Jagr, who scored the Hawks’ first goal and set up their second, Avangard Omsk fell in overtime to division rival Lokomotiv Yaroslavl by a final score of 3-2. The win gave Lokomotiv a one-point lead over Avangard in the Kharlamov Division, with two games in hand.
Goaltender John Grahame spotted the home team as soft a goal as you’ll see when he let a bouncing shot from the center ice red line get past him at 11:00 of the first period. That score stood until the five minute mark of the third period, when Jagr got a stick on a redirected centering pass at the hash marks and beat Lokomotiv goaltender Georgiy Gelashvili high on the stick side.
Omsk where whistled for only two penalties all game, but they paid for both of them. The first came three minutes after they knotted the score at one, and resulted in a 2-1 Loko lead. The Hawks capitalized on their own power play opportunity in the final minutes of the regulation, after Jagr lead a rush into the Yaroslavl zone and dished the puck to Dmitri Pestunov on the left wing, who fed it back to Pavel Rosa on right wing for the tying goal with only 1:13 left to play in regulation.
But Avangard’s second penalty of the game came at 19:37 of the third and carried over into overtime, where the 4-on-3 advantage afforded former Islander Alexei Yashin all the room in the world to walk in to the right face off circle and power a slap shot through Grahame for the game-winner.
Prior to the game Avangard winger Alexander Popov was named forward of the week by the KHL for his 4 goal, 2 assist performance in 4 games last week.
11:00 Dimitri Semin (Vasilyev)
45:06 Jaromir Jagr (Pestunov)
49:20 Alexander Guskov (Vasilyev)
58:47 Pavel Rosa (Pestunov, Jagr)
61:39 Alexei Yashin (Guskov)
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