Traktor Chelyabinsk snapped Avangard Omsk’s four-game winning streak, with youngster Evgeny Kuznetsov setting them on their way with his fourth goal of the season. Konstantin Panov got the second in a 2-0 win.
Salavat Yulaev beaten
With team leader Alexander Radulov missing through injury, defending champion Salavat Yulaev suffered a surprise home defeat to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. The visitors got revenge for a 6-2 defeat against the same opponents last month with a 3-2 success in Ufa. Andrei Kuzmin, Maxim Kitsyn and Anton Slepyshev got the goals; Mikhail Fisenko weighed in with two assists. For the hosts, Miroslav Blatak and Richard Stehlik scored powerplay goals, but it wasn’t enough.
The army’s fortress
CSKA won their fourth home game out of five, beating Sibir 3-1. With Alexei Yashin still yet to pull on a Red and Blue jersey, it took a goal in each period from Alexander Guskov, Dmitry Kugryshev and Dmitry Monya to give CSKA the win. Jori Lehtera got Sibir’s consolation effort with 16 seconds to play.
Amur out in front
Amur Khabarovsk completed the KHL’s longest journey in some style - crossing nine time zones to face Slovakia’s Lev Poprad and winning 4-2. Vaclav Nedorost raised home hopes of building on Saturday’s win over Dynamo Moscow, but a second period flurry from Amur put the Far East side in control. Petr Vrana equalized before Viktor Alexandrov and Alexander Osipov opened up a 3-1 lead for the visitors. Rudolf Huna gave Lev a lifeline, but Dmitry Tarasov wrapped up it for Amur with a last-second empty net goal.
Biryukov the hero
Goaltender Mikhail Biryukov pulled off an incredible 51 saves to help Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk to a shock 2-1 overtime win in Kazan. And at the other end, Evgeny Fyodorov pulled off a stunning last-second short-handed goal to stun the home crowd in the Tatneft Arena. Ak Bars dominated the game throughout, but found it almost impossible to get past the inspired Biryukov. By the time Kirill Petrov managed it, on a powerplay on 49:27, the visitors were already 1-0 up thanks to Stanislav Zhmakin.
Around the league
In Yekaterinburg, struggling Avtomobilist lost again. This time Barys Astana enjoyed their trip to the Urals, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Roman Savchenko, Roman Starchenko and Dustin Boyd. Nikolai Bushuyev got Avto’s consolation.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk threw away a 1-0 lead in the space of seven second period minutes to lose 3-1 at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Enver Lisin gave the hosts an early lead, but Denis Arkhipov, Alexander Korolyuk and Martin Cibak turned the game upside down.
Vityaz Chekhov recovered to record only the second win of the season, beating Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod via shoot-out after a 3-3 tie. Mikhail Anisin got the winner after earlier completing his team’s recovery from 1-3.