The duel for top spot in the Eastern Conference will go down to the final game of the regular season after Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Ak Bars both won on Sunday. Magnitka had a 4-2 win at local rival Traktor while Ak Bars enjoyed a 4-1 success at Lada. The two big hitters are still separated by a single point, with Ak Bars currently out in front.
There was seldom any doubt about the outcome of the game at Lada. Ak Bars scored twice in the first period through Igor Mirnov and Oscar Moller and that lead was never threatened. Mikhail Glukhov stretched the advantage in the second before the teams traded late goals from Karol Sloboda and Artyom Lukyanov.
Magnitka took a little longer to subdue Traktor. Bogdan Potekhin opened the scoring with just four seconds left in the opening session to give the visitor the lead, and the teams traded power play goals either side of the half-hour mark with Sergei Tereshchenko and Martin Ruzicka both finding the target from the blue line.
Jan Kovar put Metallurg 3-1 ...