Last-minute Rau sinks Dinamo Minsk

Kunlun Red Star clawed back a 0-2 deficit before snatching the game-winner with just 16 seconds left as Dinamo Minsk dropped out of the playoff spots.

Chad Rau was the hero for the Chinese team, tying the game at 3-3 on 55:30 before grabbing that decisive strike. Janne Jalasvaara made the diagonal play to get Ben Scrivens moving across his crease and Rau darted forward at lightning speed to force the puck home at the far post. A disappointed Dinamo crowd responded with jeers and whistles for its team’s performance, and fans began streaming out of Arena Minsk.

Earlier the mood was very different. Dinamo eased into a 2-0 lead with the kind of hockey that suggested a four-game losing streak might be coming to an end. Andrei Stas had a goal and an assist, Andrei Kitarov got the other goal and the first period ended on a high for the home team.

But penalty trouble scuppered the Belarusians. Tobias Viklund got a power play goal in the second period, then Sean Collins converted a 5-on-3 advantage to tie the game in 49th minute.

Rau had an assist on that one, but his greater contribution was yet to come. First he cancelled out Andrei Stepanov’s 3-2 goal for Dinamo, then he delivered the decisive blow as Red Star outshone the opposition for the second road game running.


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