HK MVD Moscow Region 0
SKA St. Petersburg 4
The clash of the Western Conference divisional leaders went SKA's way thanks to Petr Cajanek's brace. The Czech forward wasted no time, opening the scoring after just 34 seconds at Arena Balashikha. And in the second period he repeated the trick, making it 2-0 on 21:28 with the league's leading assist provider Alexei Yashin contributing his 17th point of the campaign while Maxim Sushinsky got his second assist of the night. SKA ended a sequence of two defeats to consolidate its position on top of its conference in fine style with late goals from Sushinksy and Maxim Rybin, plus yet another Yashin assist.

Salavat Yulayev Ufa 4
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1
High-flying Salavat Yulayev kept up its fine form with a comfortable win over Torpedo - thanks to a pair of powerplay goals from Alexander Perezhogin. Having dispatched CSKA 3-0 at the weekend, Vyacheslav Bykov’s side was never troubled by the visitors, taking the lead on 18:44 and sealing victory early in the second period with three quick-fire strikes from Ruslan Nurtdinov (23:13), Dmitry Kalinin (24:27) and Perezhogin's second on 29:51. The visitors converted a powerplay of their own when Mikhail Varnakov pulled a goal back on 42:37 - the first goal Salavat conceded in more than 100 minutes.

Barys Astana 5
CSKA Moscow 2
Free-scoring defenseman Kevin Dallman (pictured) and Slovak striker Josef Stumpel both picked up three points as the Kazakhs put the Army Men to flight in Astana. The Canadian created the second and fourth goals, scored by Evgeny Rymarev and Stumpel, before completing the scoring with seven seconds left thanks to a Stumpel assist. The hosts broke the deadlock on 14:03 through David Nemirovsky before Rymarev's strike gave them a short-lived two-goal cushion. Nikos Dimitrakos converted Denis Parshin's pass to put CSKA back in the game on 35:28, but with time running out the hosts took control. Stumpel set up fellow Slovak Peter Podhradsky for a powerplay goal on 50:30 before adding a fourth on 52:23. Petr Schastliviy's short-handed solo effort late on wasn't enough for the visitors, and Dallman had the last word.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2
Severstal Cherepovets 1 OT
Josef Vasicek was Loko's hero as they ground out a narrow win against Severstal. He was on hand to force the puck home after Alexei Mikhnov's shot was saved with just 15 seconds left on the clock. Last year's Gagarin Cup runners-up have struggled to build a head of steam this season and their problems were exposed once more after being forced into overtime by lowly Severstal. The hosts took the lead on 15:51 through Alexander Galimov but were unable to kill the game off and were caught out in the closing stages as Maxim Trunev equalized on 52:58. In overtime Mikhnov (Loko) and Andrei Shefer (Severstal) both wasted chances to end it all before Vasicek's decisive strike.

Spartak Moscow 2
Atlant Moscow Region 1
Spartak's win over Atlant was settled by the video officials, who gave the thumbs-up to Kirill Knyazev's late winner. Knyazev slapped down a shot from the blue line by Nikita Schitov, and the puck looped over goaltender Martin Herber's shoulder and rattled around the piping - the officials ruling that it had crossed the line after a long conference. Earlier Spartak went in front thanks to a goal made in Slovakia. Stefan Ruzicka was the scorer, with assists for his compatriots Martin Cibak and Branko Radivojevic midway through the second period. Atlant's cause wasn't helped when Mikko Luoma was ejected from the game after fouling goaltender Evgeny Konobriy, but they drew level on 50:59 when Andrei Zubarev fired home from the left-hand face-off circle after Eric Landry's pass. With 30 seconds left Atlant withdrew their goalie but couldn't force the game into overtime as Spartak ended a run of three defeats.

Andy Potts


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