Ak Bars Kazan recovered from a recent stutter to leave Metallurg Magnitogorsk still scratching around for form. The hosts won 4-1, thanks largely to a pair of quick first period goals. Evgeny Bodrov (11:46) and Jarkko Immonen (13:25) put Ak Bars in control before Alexei Morozov tapped in a Danis Zaripov pass on 33:37 to make it 3-0. Denis Khlystov’s powerplay goal before the second interval gave Magnitka some hope, but Konstantin Korneyev finished the job on 53:45.
Amur run ends
A four-game winning streak had propelled Amur Khabarovsk to the top of the table - but defeat in Minsk brought the Far East outfit back to reality. Initially it had seemed like business as usual for the visitors as free-scoring Jakub Petruzalek put them 2-0 up. But Zbynek Irgl and Alexander Kulakov tied the game before the end of the second period. Amur’s next lead lasted just 15 seconds as Dinamo’s Jeoff Platt almost immediately cancelled out Igor Ignatushkin’s goal on 44:05, and Daniel Corso put the hosts in front for the first time on 47:07. An empty net goal from Andrei Mikhalyov rounded off the Belorussian triumph.
Vero overshadows Yashin
All eyes were on CSKA’s Alexei Yashin as he made his long-awaited debut against Metallurg Novokuznetsk - but it was fellow newboy Darcy Vero who caught the eye for all the wrong reasons. The ex-Vityaz man has been no stranger to the sin-bin during his four seasons in Russia, and he rattled 21 penalty minutes before the end of the second period after tangling with Mikhail Fisenko on two separate occasions.
Niskala at the double
Vero’s former team, Vityaz, traveled to Atlant Moscow Region and lost out in overtime after a 1-1 draw. Janne Niskala thought he’d won it for the hosts when he opened the scoring on 56:43, only for struggling Vityaz to snatch a point through Vadim Berdnikov on 58:48. Niskala’s second strike on 62:42 was decisive, though.
Lev Poprad recovered from 0-2 to beat Sibir Novosibirsk on penalties. David Petrasek and Jonas Enlund put the Siberians ahead, but Lubos Bartecko and Tomas Netik tied the game in the third period. Overtime couldn’t separate the teams, but Karel Pilar’s penalty gave Lev the win.
Around the league
Andrei Konev and Evgeny Kuznetsov were on the mark again for Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 4-3 win at home to Barys Astana. Alexander Ryazantsev and Alexander Shinin got the hosts’ other goals; Dustin Boyd, Brendan Bochenski and Roman Starchenko hit back for Barys.
Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk ran out 5-2 winners at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Evgeny Blokhin led the way with two goals.