Alexei Yashin got his first goal for CSKA but couldn't inspire the team to victory against his old colleagues at SKA St. Petersburg. Yashin put the Moscow men in front on a powerplay on 11:41, but Ivan Nepryayev equalized on 12:16 and SKA never looked back. Maxim Afinogenov made it 2-1 and Gleb Klimenko added a third before Sergei Shirokov made amends for his penalty shot failure by reducing the arrears on 37:47. There was to be no way back, though: Viktor Tikhonov made it 4-2 on 54:03.
Traktor to the Max
Maxim Yakutsenya scored twice as Traktor Chelyabinsk won 2-1 at Ak Bars Kazan to take the lead in the Eastern Conference. The team from 'Tankograd' failed to reach last year's play-offs, but has begun the current campaign in impressive style. Yakutsenya, 30, is enjoying some of the best form of his KHL career, with seven goals in his first 12 games this season. Reliable defenseman Ilya Nikulin got Ak Bars' goal.
After slumping to defeat in Novosibirsk the pressure on Salavat Yulaev Ufa intensified after a 1-0 loss at Metallurg Novokuznetsk. The defending champion has been inconsistent this season - at least by usual standards - and is still adjusting to life after the departure of title-winning coach Vyacheslav Bykov. In Novokuznetsk Alexei Medvedev's goal on 41:44 proved decisive, and the hosts deserved their success on the balance of play.
Back on form
Metallurg Magnitogorsk snapped a five-game losing streak with a much-needed 3-0 win over Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod - but had to work hard before prevailing. It took until 33:57 before Tomas Rolinek opened the scoring. Juhamatti Aaltonen made the game safe, adding a goal on 53:21 to his assist on Rolinek's opener, and Anton But added an empty net goal on 58:13.
Dynamo leads the way
Dynamo Moscow might not have the most star-studded roster in the KHL, but just as last autumn Oleg Znarok has his team on top of the table. A 4-0 win at Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - a second road win in three days - moved the Blue-and-Whites to 26 points and allayed fears that the team could not perform away from Moscow. Konstantin Volkov opened the scoring on 18:19; second-period strikes from Grigory Shafigulin, Konstantin Gorovikov and Vyacheslav Kozlov sealed the win.
The Latvian capital is set to stage this season's all-star game, and the official announcement of January big event during the first interval helped inspire Dinamo to a 4-2 win over Lev Poprad. The Riga team has struggled this season, but found its form against the newcomers from Slovakia. Mikelis Redlihs has been Dinamo's star man this season, and he had a hand in all the goals, scoring the fourth and providing assists for Janis Sprukts and Martins Karsums (2). Karsums missed a chance for a hat-trick when his penalty shot was saved; Emil Lundberg and Martin Chabada scored for Lev.
Around the league
Dinamo Minsk remain top of the Tarasov division after a 5-2 home win over Barys Astana. Daniel Corso (2), Geoff Platt, Jere Karalahti and Zbynek Irgl scored for the hosts; Brandon Bochenski had assists on both Barys goals with Jiri Novotny and Kevin Dallman scoring.
Without the notorious 'tough guys' Vityaz Chekhov enjoyed a rare win, beating in-form Severstal in a shoot-out after a 3-3 tie. Mikhail Anisin scored twice and Artemy Panarin caught the eye with a 2+1 performance before Vadim Berdnikov got the winner in the shoot-out.
Mikhail Yunkov scored twice as Spartak won 4-3 at Sibir Novosibirsk. Ivan Baranka was also on the mark for the visitors before Andre Benoit opened his account for the season with the winner on 58:43. Jori Lehtera (1+2) had a hand in all of Sibir's goals; Jonas Enlund and Vladimir Tarasenko were on the mark as well.
Andrei Subbotin was the hero as Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg won 1-0 at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.