Before Avangard faced Vityaz Chekhov all the talk was about the prospect of another fight - recent years have seen one game between the teams abandoned, while last year’s clash in Omsk saw the visitors entire first line sin-binned after just six seconds. But the latest edition of Russia’s most volatile hockey rivalry played out peacefully, with the hosts easing to a 4-0 win while the two teams shared a well-behaved 16 penalty minutes. It all added up to a straightforward home win for the Siberians, with goals from Roman Cervenka, Anssi Salmela, Alexander Perezhogin and Alexander Frolov settling the issue.
Lev Poprad picked up their first win of their debut season, beating Dinamo Riga 2-0 in Latvia. Rastislav Spirko and Vaclav Nedorost were the Slovak heroes as they became the first team from outside the former USSR to win a game in the KHL.
Salavat Yulaev frontman Igor Grigorenko fired home his seventh in eight games to set the seal on his team’s 6-2 win at Metallurg Novokuznetsk. The defending champions had lost on Saturday’s visit to Amur Khabarovsk, but bounced back in style to thump Metallurg. Viktor Kozlov finished the game with 2+1, and strike partner Maxim Sushinsky had 1+2 as the hosts proved unable to build on Saturday’s win over Ak Bars.
Ak Bars themselves were in serious danger of a second successive loss on their Eastern tour after going 3-1 down at Sibir Novosibirsk. Alexander Chernikov did the early damage for the hosts, opening the scoring then getting the assist as Yury Petrov added the third. Vladimir Tarasenko was also on the mark, but Ilya Nikulin’s pair kept the visitors in contention and third-period strikes from Jarkko Immonen and Evgeny Bodrov saw them edge home 4-3.
After a disappointing start to the season Spartak dropped big summer signing Marcel Hossa – but it didn’t change the Red-and-Whites’ fortunes. They went down 4-2 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk. As on Saturday defenseman Denis Bodrov put Spartak in front, but once again they succumbed. Evgeny Biryukov, Alexei Mikhnov, Mikhail Yakubov and Juhomatti Aaltonen put Magnitka in control before Oleg Gubin pulled one back for Spartak.
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Amur picked up a second successive win, coming from behind beat Neftekhimik 3-1. Mikko Maenpaa cancelled out Oskar Osala’s opener, and goals in the final period from Viktor Alexandrov and Alexander Osipov secured the win.
Severstal Cherepovets were indebted to Vadim Shipachyov’s hat-trick as they won 4-2 at Yugra Khanty-Mansisyk. All his goals came in the third period, after Yegor Milovzorov had put Yugra in front earlier.