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Dynamo Moscow trounce Belarusian namesakes as KHL playoffs begin

Published time: March 01, 2012 08:55
Edited time: March 01, 2012 14:54

Dynamo Moscow netminder Aleksander Yeryomenko saves his goals from Dinamo Minsk player Geoff Platt (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich)

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Dynamo Moscow have made a positive start to the KHL playoffs after beating visiting Dynamo Minsk with a 2-1 score in overtime.

­Peter Podhradsky opened the scoring for Minsk in the third period after some good work from Alexander Kalukov, 0-1

But it wasn’t long though before the teams were level. Filip Novak came up with an equalizer for Dynamo Moscow to send the game into overtime, when Ilya Gorokhov secured success for the hosts, 2-1.

“It was the first match of the playoffs, so the guys’ nervousness is understandable,”
Oleg Znarok, Dynamo Moscow, coach told Sportbox.ru. “It’s good that they’ve managed to get themselves together before overtime came and pulled out the victory.”

The best-of-seven series continues in the Russian capital on Thursday night, before moving to Belarus for the next two games.

In other Western Conference quarter-finals, Gagarin Cup favorites SKA topped CSKA Moscow 4-1 in St. Petersburg.

There was a goal-fest in Nizhny Novgorod where Torpedo thrashed Dynamo Riga 7-3.

And Moscow Region side Atlant got the better of Severstal 1-0 by a single goal scored by veteran Nikolay Zherdev in the last minute of the game.