A third-period fightback was not enough to save Lokomotiv from a home defeat to Avangard Omsk, with the visitors closing out a 5-2 success. Avangard opened up a 3-0 advantage by the 26th minute, with young defenseman Nikita Pivtsakin getting what proved to be the game-winner. Loko steamed back into it in the final session, with goals from Artur Amirov and Dmitry Maltsev, but could not force the game into overtime following Alexander Perezhogin’s second of the game for the Siberians.
SKA wins Czech thriller
SKA St. Petersburg edged out Lev Prague 4-3 in an action-packed encounter in the Czech Republic. The game was staged at O2 Arena and attracted a 12,000+ crowd, eager to see Zdeno Chara, Lev’s latest signing from the NHL.
The matters were finally settled by Vladimir Tarasenko on 57:35, but not after Lev had fought back strongly on two separate occasions. First SKA opened up a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes through Anton Burdasov and Viktor Tikhonov. But Lev leveled it with two quick goals just before the halfway point. Fyodor Fedorov gave SKA the lead again, only for Jakub Klepis to take the game to 3-3 on 52:43. But, with overtime looming, Tarasenko got the game-winner to send SKA away with the points.
Magnitka shocked by namesakes
Metallurg Magnitogorsk suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat in Novokuznetsk, conceding two empty-net goals as a bid to get back into the game backfired. After a scoreless first period, it had seemed that Sergei Mozyakin’s opener had put Magnitka on course for an expected win. But the other Metallurg had other ideas: two goals in 30 seconds from Damir Zhafyarov and Alexei Yefimov turned the game around in the 35th minute. Then, with Magnitka pressing on a powerplay, Brent Sopel’s clearance found the net recently vacated by Ari Ahonen, and Nikita Vyglazov added a second empty-netter on 59:34 to complete the scoring.
Early double rocks leader
Amur Khabarovsk ended Traktor Chelyabinsk’s six-game winning streak with a 2-1 success over the league leader. Dmitry Tarasov and Mika Pyorala got Amur off to a great start, making it 2-0 by 7:04, and the hosts continued to out-shoot the opposition throughout the first two periods. In the final session Traktor pulled one back thanks to Stanislav Chistov, but Amur held firm for its first win in five.
Barys shrugs off Atlant
Barys Astana picked up a 3-1 away win at Atlant Moscow Region thanks to two goals from Nigel Dawes. He opened the scoring after just 66 seconds, and put the Kazakh side back in front in the last seconds of the second period with a penalty shot after Ivan Vishnevsky had fouled him. A short-handed goal from Konstantin Rudenko completed the scoring for the visitors.
Sibir closes in
Sibir moved to within one point of Traktor thanks to a 3-2 win over Avtomobilist. Kristian Kudroc was the star player, posting 1+1 including the game-winning goal.