Two second-period goals took Dynamo Moscow to a 2-0 victory at Slovan, while Alexander Lazushin made 32 saves for his second shut-out of the season.
There was little to choose between the teams in the opening session but after the interval Dynamo demonstrated its counter-attacking game. Despite being outshot 14-4, the Blue-and-Whites scored twice through Denis Kokarev and Mat Robinson.
The third period was disrupted by a string of penalty calls on both sides and the fragmented game helped Dynamo hold on for the win.
Sibir slips back …
Sibir’s stay at the top of the Chernyshev Division last just one game before a 4-1 home defeat against Salavat Yulaev sent the Novosibirsk team tumbling.
Initially things looked bright for the host when Sergei Shumakov opened the scoring on the power play in the seventh minute.
But Salavat’s unpredictable form took a rapid upswing thereafter. Antti Pihlstrom tied it up midway through the first period and his fellow Finn Teem ...