Moyzakin’s goal in Wednesday’s 1-2 reverse in Chelyabinsk put him within a single point of a record-breaking landmark, but the master marksman was unable to complete his millennium before the playoffs got underway.
It wasn’t for lack of trying. From the early stages, when his defense-splitting diagonal pass picked out Viktor Antipin in a dangerous position, to the testing one-timer that Vasily Demchenko blocked late in the third period, Mozyakin was a livewire presence on offense for Magnitka. In total, he had six attempts on target and several other efforts blocked by the hard-working Traktor defense. But the visitor held out, with Demchenko making 30 saves in regulation to keep the scoresheet blank as the game went into overtime.
At the other end, Ilya Samsonov also had work to do in a hard-fought local derby, making 28 saves in regulation before coming up big to deny Kirill Koltsov and Maxim Yakutsenya as Traktor got a power play in overtime.
Both teams have completed their regular seasons and will advance to the playoffs. Metallurg tops the Eastern Conference table with 124 points and will wait to learn which of Kunlun Red Star, Admiral or Sibir will come to Magnitogorsk next week. Traktor comes fourth with 97 points, and begins its playoff campaign at home to Barys.