Dinamo Minsk kept in front in the race for a seeded spot in the Western Conference with a 4-2 win at Severstal Cherepovets. All the goals came in a breathless seven-minute burst in the second period: the hosts opened the scoring on 25:31 only to be hit with a three-goal blast in just 57 seconds. Jaroslav Obsut, Teemu Laine and Andrei Mikhalyov did the damage. The sides traded one further goal before 32:44.
Torpedo edges home
Dinamo’s push in the West was helped when Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod dropped a point at home to Amur Khabarovsk, tying 2-2 before winning the shoot-out thanks to Mikhail Varnakov. Amur snatched a valuable point in its bid to reach the play-offs on 58:42 when Jakub Petruzalek equalized as the Far East side withdrew goaltender Jan Lasak for a successful charge on Torpedo’s goal.
CSKA’s derby delight
A 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow went a long way towards guaranteeing CSKA a place in this year’s play-off as the Army Men opened up a 12-point cushion over ninth-placed Lev Poprad. For Spartak, now four points adrift of the Slovak side, hopes of extending the season largely revolved around winning this game but after a bright start there was little to encourage fans of the Red-and-Whites. Defenseman Alexander Guskov did the bulk of the damage, posting 1+2 and having a hand in Denis Parshin’s game-winning goal five seconds before the first hooter. Roman Lyuduchin gave Spartak faint hopes of a recovery when he made it 3-1 on 39:56, but CSKA always looked the stronger team on the night.
Around the league
Lev Poprad kept its slim play-off hopes alive with a comfortable 3-0 win at Vityaz Chekhov. The game was settled early in the second period by two goals from Stepan Novotny.
Metallurg Novokuznetsk dropped two points in its bid to squeeze into the top eight, going down in a shoot-out at Sibir Novosibirsk. Alexander Shvetsov got the winner to add to his goal in regulation time.