Eastern conference high flyer Avangard was the latest team to fall to SKA – and once again the Petersburg team proved its fighting qualities in a tense clash.
Twice Avangard led, and twice SKA tied it up before Artemy Panarin snatched an overtime winner, picking up Maxim Chudinov’s backhand pass and firing through Konstantin Barulin’s five-hold from a tight angle.
That was harsh on Barulin, who had withstood intense pressure earlier in the game, while Avangard may feel it should have turned its earlier advantage into a win. Evgeny Kulik put the Omsk men in front just after halfway, only for Chudinov to help set up Patrick Thoresen for the equalizer.
Then the teams traded power play goals in the third, with Alexander Popov putting Avangard ahead for just two minutes before Jimmie Ericsson took the game to overtime.
Familiar faces haunt Jokerit
Two Finnish players and a former Jokerit goalie combined to hand Jokerit a 4-2 home defeat against Salavat Yulaev.