Evgeny Kuznetsov gave Eastern Conference leaders Traktor Chelyabinsk a 3-1 win over Western pace-setters SKA St. Petersburg. The youngster scored two and claimed an assist as his team recovered from 0-1 to secure a valuable victory in the race to secure a seeded spot in the East. For SKA, youngster Viktor Tikhonov gave them the lead on 23:55, but Traktor hit back in the final to turn the game around.
Salavat edges home
Defending champion Salavat Yulaev needed overtime to overcome Lev Poprad in a hard fought game in Slovakia. Yury Trubachyov got the winner on 63:00 to hand a 3-2 win to the visitors after the hosts had tied at 2-2 thanks to Rastislav Spirko's goal on 56:02. The league's leading pointscorer, Alexander Radulov, claimed two assists to take his season's tally to 52.
Ak Bars maintained its position as Eastern Conference challengers with a shoot-out win at Dinamo Minsk. Jarkko Immonen got the decisive goal in the shoot-out after a 1-1 tie in Belarus. Ak Bars' success keeps them in contention in the Kharlamov division, while Dinamo remain on top of the Tarasov section, narrowly ahead of Torpedo and Atlant.
Atlant misses out
Atlant Moscow Region missed the chance to take second place in the Western Conference with a shoot-out defeat at the league's bottom club Avtomobilist. The visitors led twice, thanks to Janne Niskala and Nikolai Zherdev, but were pegged back twice and lost when Denis Abdullin got the only shoot-out goal on the night.
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Barys Astana claimed a narrow win over Dinamo Riga, getting the nod on penalties after a 5-5 tie. Nigel Daws won it in the shoot-out, but only after Dinamo tied the game through Janis Sprukts on 58:27. Prolific defenseman Kevin Dallman got two goals for Barys as both sides continue the battle for a play-off spot.
CSKA romped to a 4-1 win over Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, making it four wins in a row. The 4-1 win was never in serious doubt after Petr Caslava put the hosts in front on 3:54, with veteran Alexei Yashin also on the scoresheet.