Dinamo Riga recovered from a slow start to shoot down high-flying SKA St. Petersburg in overtime. Guntis Glavins converted a powerplay to give Dinamo victory after an enthralling clash. Milos Riha’s men looked set to strengthen their stranglehold on the Western Conference after blazing into a 2-0 lead thanks to Gleb Klimenko and Patrick Thoresen. But Latvia is never an easy place for away teams, and the scores were level before the end of the first period, with Mikelis Redlihs and Martins Karsums on the scoresheet. Sandis Ozolins and Gints Meija put the hosts 4-2 up, but a fightback saw Mattias Weinhandl and Evgeny Artyukhin force overtime - with an equalizer 15 seconds before the hooter.
Ruzicka on the mark
Amur Khabarovsk’s rise up the KHL standings had come with little contribution from injured star Martin Ruzicka - but the Czech forward showed his value as the action got underway again at Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. Ruzicka scored the decisive penalty shot after a 4-4 tie, having earlier been on the mark to help his team recover a 3-1 deficit. Igor Skorokhodov scored twice in regulation time and once in the shoot-out for Yugra, but still didn’t finish on the winning side.
Mereskin’s late double
Alexander Mereskin was the hero for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in a shock win at Avangard Omsk. Alexei Kalyuzhny had put the hosts in front in the first period, but Avangard failed to make the game safe and Mereskin leveled it up on 56:06 before grabbing the winner 58 seconds into overtime.
Severstal pair Vadim Shipachyov and Maxim Chudinov enjoyed their call-ups to the Russia squad last week - but it was back down to earth in Cherepovets as the team went down 5-3 to Atlant Moscow Region. The pair enjoyed individual success, with Chudinov posting 1+2 and Shipachyov 0+3, but last season’s runner-up proved too strong.
Veteran forward Alexei Yashin showed that he still has plenty to offer, grabbing two goals as CSKA won 4-2 at Barys Astana. The former NHL star netted twice in the third period to put the game beyond the Kazakhs’ reach after Alexander Guskov and Alexei Badyukov had set the Army Men on the march.
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Metallurg Magnitogorsk never trailed at home to Sibir Novosibirsk - but had to wait until the very end before securing a 6-4 victory in a high-scoring game. The hosts could not kill off their spirited opponents in an entertaining clash, but Yaroslav Kosov’s game-winner on 29:48 was finally confirmed by an empty-netter from Juhamatti Aaltonen with five seconds to play.
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg won the battle of the strugglers - but needed overtime to sink Lev Poprad 5-4. Alexander Loginov got the winning goal in the Urals.