Shameless post-game attack sidelines Korsunov
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Sergei Shepelev looks as Mikhail Donika hanldels Amur player - Photo (C) Sport-Express daily  NOV.16 -- Last night Spartak ended a six game winless skid, defeating Amur 4-2 on the ice of Sokolniki Arena. Tampa Bay's draft pick Dmitry Bezrukov led Moscow's offense with two goals and a helper, as Sergei Shepelev registered his first win behind Spartak's bench.

Artyom Rybin and Mikhail Chernov also tallied for Spartak, while Dmitry Tarasov and Alex Yudnikov got on board for Khabarovsk.

Shepelev's side were lacking Anaheim's prospect Vladimir Korsunov who was sidelined after receiving a beating from CSKA Moscow's vet Albert Leschev in the hall of Sokolniki Arena on Wednesday. A while after the game between Moscow clubs was over Korsunov walked his way out of the arena and was pushed in the back and than headpunched by Leschev. CSKA player was arrested by police and could have been jailed for at least 15 days if it wasn't for Vladimir's mercy. After disgraceful veteran begged for apology, Spartak's rearguard retrieved his report from police and Leschev was released. Russia's U-20 team captain received several stitches on his face, lost a couple of teeth and is sidelined day to day with headaches. It would be interesting to see how Leschev's act will be looked at in CSKA's dressing room by numerous U-20 National team members. Especially after CSKA head coach Viktor Tikhonov, known for total lack of shame in the past, furiously defended Leschev's act...

Speaking about the Devil...

In OMSK, Avangard led by Dmitry Subbotin's two goals easily disposed of CSKA, 5-2. However after the game Tikhonov senior backed by Tikhonov junior made no less than idiots out of themselves, suggesting that the Omsk management bribed match referees. Just for the record: officiating was quite fine. CSKA was outskated, outworked and outplayed in the final two periods, scored just once on seven PP chances and was outshot 31-19.

Avangard's president Anatoly Bardin, who has a recent history of conflicting with Tikhonov in the Svitov/Chistov/Army saga, promised to take the matter to the court of justice.

Note: Blackhawks' prospect Andrei Golovin played for Avangard for the first time this season.

In Saint-Petersburg, SKA surprised its fans with a second straight home win. Latvian netminder Sergei Naumov stopped 14 shots for his third shut-out of the season... Andrei Galushkin scored a carbon copy of the goal he got against Metallurg on Wednesday. Galushkin topshelved the puck from a sharp angle after spectacular rush down the boards. Alexei Tsvetkov got SKA's other goal.

In NOVOSIBIRSK, Ivan Nepryaev had his first two points of the season - goal and assists, to lead Lokomotiv to a 2-0 win over Sibir... Nepryaev got the game winner midway through opening period. Capitals' prospect successfully jumped on a rebound off Sergei Zhukov's shot.

-- Max Dostoevsky

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