Ak Bars Kazan went to the top of the table after thrashing Avtomobilist 7-2 in Yekaterinburg. Danis Zaripov led the way with two goals, and chipped in an assist for good measure. Grigory Panin finished with 1+1, and there were goals for Alexei Tereshchenko, Jarkko Immonen, Niko Kaponen and Kirill Petrov. Alexei Morozov made four assists. Fyodor Malykhin and Denis Abdullin got Avto’s goals.
Riga in seventh heaven
Ak Bars wasn’t the only team to hit seven on the road: Dinamo Riga won 7-1 at Vityaz Chekhov. The hosts’ unenviable reputation for ill-discipline surfaced once again, with 102 penalty minutes called against them, thanks to the final-period antics of the notorious trio Chris Brennan (44 minutes), Jeremy Yablonski and Nick Tarnasky (25 minutes each). Dinamo had just 10 penalty minutes. Remarkably the game was scoreless until 25:31 when Sandis Ozolins got the first of his two goals. Dinamo’s other scorers were Krisjanis Redlihs, Fredrik Warg, Janis Sprukts, Martins Karsums and Guntis Galvins.
SKA shoot-out success
SKA St. Petersburg won the first Army duel of the season - but came close to throwing away their advantage at CSKA in Moscow. It seemed that the visitors got demob happy after opening up a 2-0 lead through Petr Prucha and Ivan Nepryayev, but the hosts hit back with two goals in the final five minutes to tie the game. Veteran defenseman Alexander Guskov made it 2-1 on 55:35, then Yakov Rylov leveled things on 57:12. It was the second game in succession that CSKA had forced overtime in the last minutes, and it proved to be the second time the Red-and-Blues were thwarted on penalties. As against Amur, Alexei Yashin’s successful attempt was not enough: Mattias Weinhandl and Fyodor Fyodorov found the target for the visitors.
Around the league
Traktor Chelyabinsk came from behind to beat Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4-1, with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring twice. In the first period Stanislav Chistov cancelled out Nikita Shchitov’s opener for the visitors before Petri Kontiola grabbed the go-ahead goal on 21:47.
In Cherepovets Josef Straka’s penalty goal earned Severstal a shoot-out win over Atlant Moscow Region. Earlier Straka had got the assist as Mikko Lehtonen gave the hosts the lead on 32:57, before Patrik Zackrisson equalized on 43:49.