The KHL's goaltenders were left looking haunted as the pucks went flying in across on Halloween night. There were 10 goals in the games at Neftekhimik and Vityaz, CSKA won 4-2 against Metallurg Magnitogorsk and SKA sank Spartak 3-1.
Tricks and treats
In St. Petersburg, SKA showed its best and worst sides in a 3-1 win over Spartak. The success was a treat for the 11,000 fans who came to the game, but Fyodor Fyodorov and ex-Spartak man Maxim Rybin both attracted hefty penalties while Alexei Semyonov and Spartak's Sergei Belokon were caught up in a first period fight. In between the brawls, goals from Ivan Nepryaev, Patrick Thoresen and Tony Martensson put SKA 3-0 up before Oleg Gubin got Spartak's consolation.
Horror show in Nizhnekamsk
Nervous Neftekhimik fans could be forgiven for having nightmares after seeing their team thumped 8-2 at home by Traktor Chelyabinsk. Alexander Ryazantsev and Anton Glinkin made it 2-0 early on, prompting Neftekhimik to replace goaltender Tuomas Tarrki with Denis Franskevich. That change didn't spook Traktor's offense, though, with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andrei Popov making it 4-0 before Dmitry Obukhov pulled one back right on the siren. In the second period Deron Quint and Konstantin Panov scored either side of Maxim Berezin's strike for Neftekhimik, and Ryazantsev got his second on 45:41. Rather than pile on the agony, the visitors gave up the ghost in the final stages after Alexander Buturlin completed the scoring on 51:29.
Fightback falls short
There were goals aplenty in Chekhov as well, where visitors Severstal Cherepovets clawed back from 0-4 down only to lose 4-6 to Vityaz. Evgeny Timkin, Christopher Brennan and Nikita Tochitsky made it 3-0 in the first period and Mikhail Chernov added a fourth on 21:01. Incredibly, though, by the end of the second stanza the scores were tied at 4-4, thanks to Josef Straka (2), Vadim Shipachyov and Pasi Puistola. However, like a horror movie bad guy which keeps coming back for more, Vityaz revived in the final period: goals from Georgy Belousov and Artyemy Panarin made it four wins in a row for the Moscow Region men.
Quick off the mark
CSKA made a flying start to its game at home to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, going 2-0 up inside four minutes. Vyacheslav Kulyomin opened the scoring on 2:09 before Sergei Shirokov beat Ivan Lisutin with a well-placed effort from the left-hand face-off circle on 3:44. That brought Georgy Gelashvili to the crease, but he could do little to stop Niklas Persson's powerplay goal on 35:26 as CSKA took complete control. Anton But raised hopes of a fightback early in the third period, but Vyacheslav Buravchikov completed a good night for CSKA's young stars before Enver Lisin scored a late consolation goal on 58:24.
Around the league
Dinamo Riga picked up a 1-0 win at home to Yugra Khanty Mansiysk thanks to a Martins Karsums goal on 44:37 in a hard-fought game.
Lev Poprad entertained Avangard Omsk but found the Siberian side too strong. Roman Cervenka's double made all the difference in Slovakia after Alexander Frolov put Avangard ahead on 9:25. Cervenka doubled the lead on 18:09, and despite a goal from Lubos Bartecko the Czech hot shot struck again on 55:36 to condemn Lev to a sixth successive defeat.