East: Chudinov scores from his own half, Ufa takes its chances. March 20 playoffs20 March 2019, 20:30
CSKA lose the lead
Avangard Omsk recorded their first victory of the season - but had to come from behind to shoot down CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the Russian capital. Both sides had their chances in a lively first period, but goaltenders Rastislav Stana and Karri Ramo did well to keep it goalless until the siren.
The deadlock was finally broken on 28:21 when Sergei Shirokov wove his way into the Avangard third and set up Ilya Zubov to shoot past Ramo and give CSKA the lead. But the Army Men were unable to build on their advantage and after a cautious start to the third period they were caught out by their visitors. Experienced forward Alexei Kalyuzhny set up an equalizer for Roman Cervenka on 45:11, and a powerplay goal for Dmitry Syomin on 52:59 gave Avangard the win.
Spartak Moscow had an opening night to forget, going down 1-4 at home to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Matt Ellison got his second in two games to open the scoring on 01:45 before Dmitry Makarov took charge of the game in the second period. His assist on 20:19 helped Vladimir Malenkikh make it 2-0, then the forward got on the scoresheet himself on 37:34 to leave Spartak with too much to do in the final stanza. Makarov got his second of the game on 52:33, turning in the rebound after an Alexei Ugarov shot was parried, while Spartak's summer signing Marcel Hossa got his first goal in red-and-white with 94 seconds left to play. Torpedo now have two wins from two after seeing off Vityaz on Monday; Spartak will hope for better against local rivals Dynamo on Saturday.
Linglet on the mark
In Minsk, Dinamo's Charles Linglet continued his bright start to the season, adding an early goal against Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk to the pair he netted against Avangard on Monday. Teemu Laine doubled the Belarusian side's advantage early in the second period, before Yugra's Artyom Bulyansky pulled one back on a powerplay on 28:55. In the third period Andrei Mikhalyov got his second of the season on 46:19
Dinamo prepare to face Torpedo on Friday with both sides putting a 100% record on the line.
Around the league
In Kazakhstan Barys made a winning start to their season, coming from behind to see off Traktor Chelyabinsk 4-3. The visitors went in front through Evgeny Kuznetsov, and held that lead until Dustin Boyd tied things up on 29:06. The teams traded quickfire goals through Deron Quint (32:11) and Roman Starchenko (32:54) before the hosts pulled away in the third period thanks to Nigel Dawes and a Kamil Kreps penalty shot. Petri Kontiola got a late consolation for Traktor, who could not build on Monday's shoot-out win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
Metallurg themselves, however, picked up three points in Yekaterinburg with a 3-2 win over Avtomobilist. Mikhail Fisenko's goal on 51:22 proved decisive. Earlier the visitors had twice led through Anton Slepyshev and Andrei Kuzmin, only to be pegged back by Vasily Streltsov and Alexander Drozdetsky.