East: Chudinov scores from his own half, Ufa takes its chances. March 20 playoffs20 March 2019, 20:30
Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Avangard Omsk both recovered from defeats in their previous games to see off Vityaz Chekhov and Severstal Cherepovets.
In Omsk it was a double act from Alexei Kalyuzhny and Roman Cervenka which saw Avangard prevail 5-2 despite racking up 58 minutes in the sin-bin. The first of those penalties was killed off in style with Kalyuzhny’s interception enabling him to release Cervenka for a shorthanded goal. The pair claimed a double-assist on Denis Platonov’s strike to make it 2-0, and reversed their opening routine for Kalyuzhny to fire home the fifth off the skates of luckless Severstal goalie Vasily Koshechkin in the last minute. In between, Vadim Shipachyov and Dmitry Shitikov hauled Severstal level in the second stanza, but Alexander Nesterov and Yegor Averin re-established the two-goal cushion for Avangard.
Poacher turns provider
Sergei Mozyakin’s goal-getting prowess has put him in the headlines so far this season, but against Vityaz he turned creator, getting two assists in Metalurg's 4-0 win. The first forward to grab 100 KHL goals had a hand in Konstantin Glazachev’s opener and Alexei Kaigorodov’s strike as Magnitka took control of the game. Enver Lisin and Anton But were also on the scoresheet as the hosts ran out comfortable winners. There was still time for Vityaz's "tough guy" Jeremy Yablonski to pick up a 25-minute penalty for fighting in the dying seconds.
Spartak traveled to Khanty-Mansiysk and came from behind to beat hosts Yugra 2-1. Nikolai Bardin opened the scoring on 13:40, but Stefan Ruzicka equalized on 18:24. The winner came early in the second period when Oleg Piganovich scored a powerplay goal on 23:21.