Dynamo Moscow 3 Slovan Bratislava 5
Tomas Kundratek led the way with two goals and Jonathan Cheechoo had three points as Slovan picked up its third win in a row to move within two points of the playoff spots.
Dynamo, so impressive in a 5-1 victory over Medvescak last time out, made a bright start thanks to Artyom Fyodorov’s third-minute goal – but lost its grip on the game either side of the first intermission.
Slovan turned the game around in the last four minute of the opening stanza as Dynamo ran into penalty trouble. Goals from Kundratek and Marek Daloga, both assisted by Cheechoo, made it 2-1 to the visitor. Then Cheechoo scored himself 27 seconds into the middle period, leading to Blue-and-White goalie Alexander Yeryomenko returning to the bench in favor of Alexander Lazushin.
The host got one back through Semyon Kokuyov in the 28th minute, but Kundratek gave Slovan some breathing space with his second of the game. Then Alexander Kuznetsov and Ziga Jeglic traded markers either side of the second intermission.
Dynamo continued to test Slovan’s goalie Barry Brust in the third period, but could not find a way back into the game.
Vityaz Podolsk 3 Medvescak Zagreb 2
Vityaz climbed back into the playoff places after overturning a 0-2 deficit at home to Medvescak.
The Croatian team came into the game on the back of four wins in six, and looked destined to maintain that upturn in form when Yann Sauve and Colby Genoway gave the visitor a solid lead by the 23rd minute.
But Vityaz is a more resolute outfit this season and hit back to level the game by the half-hour mark. Mario Kempe and Alexei Semyonov got the goals. In the third period Alexei Makeyev conjured up the winner in the 44th minute, getting his fifth goal of the season to see off the visitor.