It was a good day for forwards as Friday's nine KHL games delivered 55 goals. SKA St. Petersburg led the way with a 9-2 win over Donbass, while CSKA put six past Amur and Dynamo Moscow beat cross-city rivals Spartak 5-2.
On cloud nine
SKA rattled in five unanswered goals in the third period to rack up a huge win over Donbass. Igor Makarov and Alexander Kucheryavenko were the top individual performers with two goals each as SKA recorded its biggest win of a season where it has scored 17 goals more than any other team in the league.
CSKA took control of its game inside the first six minutes, racing to a 2-0 lead thanks to Pavel Datsyuk's 1+1. And all the scoring was complete before the second interval, with Igor Radulov also returning 1+1 in his side's 6-2 success over Amur Khabarovsk.
Derby joy for Dynamo
A first-period blitz gave Dynamo victory in the latest Moscow derby, with three goals inside six minutes giving the Blue-and-Whites an unassailable advantage over Spartak. Finnish defenseman Janne Jalasvaara got the game-winner on 15:56; young D-man Denis Barantsev scored the first goal of his career.
Around the league
Salavat Yulaev's Tomas Rolinek had a mixed evening against Lokomotiv: he scored twice in regulation time, including the equalizer on 58:06, but was denied in the shoot-out as Loko's Viktor Kozlov settled the issue after a 3-3 tie.
Stanislav Chistov scored twice to help Traktor Chelyabinsk to a 3-1 win over Severstal Cherepovets.
Avangard left it late to record a 2-0 win at Yugra: Dmitry Syomin finally broke the deadlock on 56:14.
Evgeny Malkin scored as Metallurg Magnitogorsk won 4-1 at home to Vityaz Chekhov.
Zbynek Irgl's overtime winner condemned Avtomobilist to an eighth defeat in a row, while Dinamo Minsk got its first win in three.