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Turning the tables

26 October 2011, 23:39

The gulf in expectations between lowly Vityaz Chekhov and defending champion Salavat Yulaev Ufa could not be greater - but this modern-day David and Goliath encounter went the way on the underdog after a shoot-out on Wednesday. The struggling hosts have won just four times this season, but recovered from Yefim Gurkin's goal on 2:28 to equalize through Artemy Panarin on 4:29. After that Vityaz went on to outshoot Ufa 48-39 as fine goaltending from both visiting Erik Ersberg and the hosts' Matt Dalton ensured the scores were tied at 1-1 until the end of overtime.

In the subsequent shoot-out it was Dalton who came out on top, saving from Maxim Sushinsky and seeing Viktor Kozlov shoot wide to enable young Mikhail Anisin to claim the game winning goal.

Wonderful Chudinov
Maxim Chudinov finished with 1+3 as his Severstal Cherepovets side overpowered Ak Bars Kazan 4-0. For the Tatar side it was an unhappy evening once Chudinov had a hand in goals for Josef Straka and the prolific Vadim Shipachyov - now up to 20 points for the season - midway through the first period. Evgeny Ketov made it 3-0 on 37:27 before Chudinov scored the fourth on 44:44 to continue a good week for Severstal. For Ak Bars, who outshot Severstal 41-27, it was an evening of frustration as the Kazan team failed to find a way past Vasily Koshechkin.

Seventh heaven for Neftekhimik
Inconsistent Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk had its best day of the season so far, thumping Spartak 7-2 in Moscow. For the second week running the hosts conceded seven times on their own ice, with Maxim Pestushko (2+1) and Martin Cibak (1+3) doing the bulk of the damage. The visitors were already 5-0 up by the time Anatoly Nikontsev and Alexander Komaristy got Spartak off the mark midway through the second period. But with Nikolai Belov, Evgeny Korolyov, Sergei Demagin and Alexei Simakov also on the score sheet there was no way back for the Red-and-Whites.

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