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DEC.4 -- Short recaps of games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mechel - CSKA (photo (c) www.mechel.ru)MECHEL 2, CSKA 1

Belorussian Olympian Igor Matushkin scored the go-ahead goal at 15:30 of the third period, as Mechel defeated CSKA in Chelyabinsk. Moscow side lost centre Igor Emeleev to an injury during the contest and played without leading scorer Nikolai Zherdev (healthy scratch). LA Kings' prospect Sergei Anshakov got on board for the first time this season, scoring a power play tally - CSKA's loan... Andrei Kovshevny also scored for the home side.

METALLURG MG 1, AMUR 2 (OT)

Dmitry Khristich scored his first goal, eight games into his RSL experience. Still, it wasn't enough for Metallurg to overcome Andrei Pyatanov's side... Dmitry Tarasov sent the game into overtime with only nine seconds left to play in the third period... Three minutes into OT Andrei Yasakov gave Amur the win scoring on a point shot.

SALAVAT YULAEV 0, SOVIET WINGS 1

Viktor Gordiyuk scored game's only goal with less than two minutes left to play in regulation. Sergei Kotov's squad won it's second straight game after loosing seven in a row... Wings' goalie Alexei Yegorov managed 30 saves for his first shut-out of the season.

MOLOT-PRIKAMIE 0, NEFTEKHIMIK 2

Yevgeny Muratov scored twice and Sergei Zvyagin registered his second straight shut-out, as Neftekhimik beat Molot in Perm... NJ Devil's prospect Alexander Suglobov has been a healthy scratch in 3 of Nizhnekamsk's 4 recent games. Prior to getting into coaching doghouse Suglobov appeared five games and saw significant ice time on team's top three units. He had a lot of scoring opportunities but was unable to capitalize on any.

DYNAMO 1, AK BARS 0

Alexander Savchenkov's first period goal was enough for Dynamo to beat Ak Bars. NYR draftee Vitaly Yeremeev stopped 19 shots for his first shut-out of the season... Alexander Ovechkin wasn't in the line-up for the blue-and-white. According to Dynamo medical staff Ovechkin's groin injury may sideline him for at least a month. Multitalented youngster may not be fully fit in time for the World Junior Tournament.

LADA 2, LOKOMOTIV 0

Mikhail Sevostianov got a power-play tally, while Maxim Mikhailovsky made 29 saves for his fourth shut-out of the season as Lada defeated Lokomotiv... Igor Grigorenko was awarded with a goal without scoring it. While Lokomotiv's coach Vladimir Vujtek took out his netminder in favor of an extra skater late in the game, Red Wings' prospect got hold of the puck and almost broke away at the empty net. He was hooked down by Alexander Guskov without taking a shot. According to IIHF rules in this type of situation Grigorenko had to be awarded with a goal... Another Detroit prospect Alexander Suluyanov played only for the second time this season for Lada... TB's Anton But has been pointless for six straight games.

SKA 3, SIBIR 1

St.Petersburg outhot Sibir 25-13 in a 3-1 victory. Egor Bashkatov, Marat Davydov and Alexei Akifiev scored for SKA. Evgeny Gribko got Sibir's loan tally. Sibir's head coach Vladimir Golubovich blamed netminder Christian Bronsard for the loss: "It's tough to win when your goalie can't stop the puck."

SEVERSTAL 2, METALLURG NK 3 (OT)

Nikolai Kurochkin scored 3:51 into overtime to lift Metallurg to another upset over high-profile opponent. Nikolai Soloviev's side has been defeating Top 6 teams regularly this season, but ranks only ninth in the standings.

SPARTAK 4, AVANGARD 2

Difficult to call the result an upset even in spite of Spartak's misfortunes at the bottom of the standings. Avangard has been plagued by injuries and lost for the third game in a row... Anatoly Filatov (twice), Maxim Rybin and Dmitry Upper scored for the Moscow side. Alexander Prokopiev and Ravil Yakubov got on board for the Hawks.
 
 

-- Russian Hockey Insider