Dinamo Riga's leading point-scorer Mikelis Redlihs had been complaining that he couldn't carry his team alone - and a 4-1 home defeat to Dynamo Moscow proved his point. The influential frontman had an unusually quiet night, with just one shot on target, and nobody was able to stand in for him. Ainars Podzins gave the hosts an early lead, but second-period goals from Ilya Gorokhov and Leo Komarov turned the game around as Dynamo outshot their near namesakes 19-4 in the second period. That set up a revenge win for the Muscovites, who lost out in Latvia in last season's play-offs. Third period goals for Konstantin Volkov and Marek Kvapil put Dynamo joint top of the table with Amur.

Outsiders out in front
Amur Khabarovsk, for so long the whipping boys of the Eastern Conference, could be the dark horses of the KHL this season. Already the men from the Far East have beaten defending champion Salavat Yulaev, and on Wednesday Ak Bars Kazan became the latest team to struggle at the Platinum Arena. Goaltender Alexei Murygin took most of the plaudits, making 32 saves in a 4-0 win, while the goals came from Petr Vrana, a short-handed effort from Jakub Petruzalek - who goes to 11 points for the season - Viktor Alexandrov and a penalty shot from Radik Zakiyev. The win gives Amur top spot in the championship table, albeit having played at least one game more than most other clubs.

Around the league
Netekhimik Nizhnekamsk cruised to a 4-0 win at Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Oleg Kvasha and Maxim Pestushko both finished with 1+1, while Tuomas Tarkki made 32 saves.

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