The big clash in the Eastern Conference went the way of Barys – but it took a shoot-out to separate the teams after a dramatic finish in Magnitogorsk.
Metallurg snatched an equalizer with just eight seconds to play, Jan Kovar scoring off a Sergei Mozyakin pass to make it 3-3. Mozyakin then wasted a glorious chance to win it in overtime, seeing his penalty shot stopped by former team-mate Ari Ahonen. Ahonen was also in top form in the shoot-out, denying Kovar, Chris Lee and Tim Brent, who had scored twice in regulation.
His pass set up Sergei Kalinin, who broke a 1-1 tie with just 75 seconds left to play and gave the Omsk team victory.
Ugra’s poor form continued with a 0-4 reverse at Neftekhimik. The visitor was 2-0 down inside three minutes, thanks to goals from Pavel Kulikov and the first of Maxim Rybin’s two goals on the night. Alexander Sudnitsin made 34 saves.
Avtomobilist beat Salavat Yulaev for the second time this season, winning 3-1 in Ufa. Eduard Lewandowski and Fyodor Malykhin scored twice in 89 seconds during the third period to extinguish the home team’s hopes.