Result of the day
Barys Astana - Metallurg Magnitogorsk 7-1. The Eurotour break clearly didn't do Barys any harm: they raced into a 3-0 first period lead, scoring on a powerplay, when shorthanded and when the sides were at full strength. Goalkeeper Jeff Glass was in awesome form, making 36 saves before he was beaten just three seconds before the hooter. Forward Maxim Spiridonov picked up a goal and two assists, and later told reporters: "I just realised that I needed to return to my best form and think only about hockey."
In addition on Thursday Avangard Omsk lost at home to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4-5 in overtime, Salavat Yulayev Ufa crushed Traktor Chelyabinsk 5-0, Dinamo Minsk won 4-3 at Lada Togliatti after a shootout. There was a surprise in Kazan where Ak Bars lost 3-1 at home to Dinamo Riga, while their Moscow namesakes won by the same scoreline at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
Barys enjoyed their biggest win since joining the KHL, outstripping last season's high-scoring 11-6 win over Vityaz Chekhov. It was also the Kazakh team's first win over Magnitka - last season they lost 3-4 and 2-5 to Metallurg.
The last substitute
Metallurg's drubbing ended goaltender Ilya Proskuryakov's proud record of completing every game this season. The coaches hauled him off when the score in Astana reached 4-0. Now in the KHL there is no netminder who has escaped a substitution. Most clubs have used two goalies, but Vityaz have already tried four.
Salavat Yulayev's clean sheet against Traktor means Vitaly Kolesnik becomes the leading goaltender in the league. His third shut-out of the season improved his average to 1.73, and brought him into joint second place (with SKA St. Petersburg's Robert Esche) for clean sheets. Proskuryakov still leads the clean sheet charts with four.
After almost three years
Salavat's Ilya Zubov (pictured) came back home after a spell in Canada. He has left at the end of 2006-07 season to play in Ottawa system. In his first match after returning to Ufa he spent just over 11 minutes on ice, shot on goal twice, and won only four of his 11 face-offs.
Out of character
Dinamo Minsk goaltender Andrei Mezin picked up 30 penalty minutes against Lada Togliatti - more than over the past seven seasons. Mezin last received a match expulsion in 2002, and had accrued just 26 minutes of penalty time since then. But last night's trouble put him up to third place among offending goalies for this season.
At the 62nd attempt
Dinamo Riga defenseman Rodrigo Lavins finally ended a run of 61 games without scoring when he got on the scoresheet at Ak Bars. His last goal came on October 1, 2008, against Moscow's Dynamo. Never exactly prolific, Lavins can now aim to score more than once for the second time in his career - eight years ago he got five in one season for Perm's Molot-Prikamye.
Free-scoring Marcel Hossa has 15 goals for Dinamo Riga this season - but last night was his first match-winning strike. Last season he got 22 goals, but only three 'golden' efforts. Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars) and Maxim Sushinsky (SKA) have the most winning goals this season - four each.
Barys fired 37 shots at Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Ak Bars defender Andrei Pervyshin spent 25 minutes 1 second on the ice.
Dinamo Riga's Marcel Hossa had seven shots on goal.
Alexei Tereshchenko won 68.8% of his 16 face-offs for Ak Bars.
Edgars Masalskis (Dinamo Riga) - 30 saves against Ak Bars
Tomas Kloucek (Barys) - index value +4 after scoring against Magnitka
Rodrigo Lavins (Dinamo Riga) - a goal against Ak Bars gave him a +2 rating
Maxim Spiridonov (Barys) - one goal, two assists and a +3 rating
Patrick Thorensen (Salavat Yulayev) - among the points for the sixth game running, with two goals and two assists.
"Shipping a goal three seconds from the end wasn't necessary, but maybe it was for the best." - Barys head coach Andrei Shayanov.
"I missed out our winning overtime goal. I was just telling my players the tale how to play four against four ... and then we scored!" - Avtomobilist head coach Marek Sikora sees his team learn fast at Avangard.
"Our discipline was lame - the players' minds are not on their hockey."- Lada coach Petr Vorobyev.
"It was our team's worst game this season." - Neftekhimik head coach Vladimir Krikunov.
Alexei Shevchenko, khl.ru