Dinamo Minsk lost 2-3 to the leader of the Western Conference Dynamo Moscow in overtime on home ground on 18 November.
Denis Tolpeko gave Dynamo Moscow a 1-0 lead with a one-man advantage goal at 20:32 after the first action-packed scoreless period. The same forward gave his team a 2-0 cushion connecting Nicklas Backstrom’s pass from the left wing three minutes later.
Tim Stapleton pulled one back late in the second period. Teemu Laine lost his stick on entering the rivals’ zone, and the puck glanced off to his linemate Geoff Platt who beat his two opponents to feed Tim Stapleton. Dinamo’s best striker shot the empty corner past Alexei Volkov to reduce the gap.
Tim Stapleton’s name was chanted by the 15,000-strong arena once again on Sunday’s night when he took his chance on a penalty shot awarded with 11 seconds to go in the regulation and sent the game into overtime.
A penalty on Dinamo’s Cory Murphy gave Moscow a 4-on-3 advantage on which Alexander Ovechkin was able to capitalize.
Now with 31 points after 26 games (goal difference 53-75), the Belarusian team is 5th in the 7-team Tarasov Division and 10th in the Western Conference, two points down from the playoff zone. In the overall KHL table Dinamo Minsk currently goes 20th among 26 teams.
The next two matches the Belarusian club will spend on the road with stops in Saint Petersburg against SKA on 23 November and in Cherepovets (Severstal, 25 November).
Dinamo Minsk’s lineup for the match missed NHL’s forward Evander Kane with whom the Belarusian club decided to part ways. He was replaced by 20-year-old forward Stanislav Lopachuk called from MHL’s Dinamo Shinnik Bobruisk. In 30 games of the MHL regular season he collected 23 (8+15) points.