Semyon Varlamov proved unbeatable in the post-match shoot-out as Daniil Apalkov saw Lokomotiv to victory over Metallurg. Varlamov made four saves – including one from Evgeny Malkin – to give Loko the edge in Magnitogorsk. Earlier Yegor Averin’s pair of third-period goals saw the Yaroslavl team recover from 0-2 to force overtime.
CSKA battles back
CSKA staged a big fight-back at Neftekhimik, winning in overtime after trailing 4-1 at the first interval. Alexander Radulov scored twice, including the equalizer on 57:10, and Igor Grigorenko got his first since arriving from Salavat Yulaev after the home side dominated the early exchanges. Into overtime, and Mikhail Grabovsky grabbed an unlikely winner for the Moscow club.
Martensson settles thriller
SKA St. Petersburg edged out Avtomobilist 6-5 in an action-packed game in Yekaterinburg, with Tony Martensson getting the crucial goal on 47:07. Both teams recovered two-goal deficits at different points in an enthralling encounter, while SKA’s Viktor Tikhonov and Avto’s Alexei Simakov each scored twice. NHL players Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko both returned 1+2 for SKA.
Around the league
Dynamo Moscow sits on top of the KHL table following a 3-2 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk, despite a late rally by the visitor. Dynamo dominated early on, and led 3-0 at the second interval, but two goals in the closing stages made for a tense finale.
Zdeno Chara got his first goal for Lev Prague, but could not save the Czechs from a last-gasp 4-2 defeat at Ak Bars Kazan. Konstatin Korneyev and Denis Abdullin struck in the last 18 seconds to snatch the win for the home side.
Traktor Chelyabinsk went top of the Eastern Conference thanks to a strong third period display against Atlant. The home side recovered a 1-2 deficit to win 4-2, Andrei Popov grabbing the game-winner on 52:24.
Avangard Omsk made it six wins from seven with a 4-2 verdict over Dinamo Riga. The decisive action came late, with Anton Belov getting the game-winner on 53:49 before Sergei Kostitsyn’s empty-netter made it three goals in three games for him since he arrived in Siberia.