CSKA Moscow marked the announcement of major new investment from energy giant Rosneft with a 3-2 win over at Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The Army Men opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to Alexander Guskov and Vyacheslav Kulyomin, only for struggling Avto tie the game at 2-2 with a pair of quick goals from Ilya Malyushkin and Andrei Subbotin. But home joy was short-lived: Sergei Barbashev got the winner on 32:16.
SKA smashes Spartak
SKA St. Petersburg thumped Spartak 8-1 in Moscow - despite falling behind in the first period. There was little indication of what was to come when Stefan Ruzicka put Spartak ahead on 15:05, but home joy was cut short by Viktor Tikhonov’s equaliser on15:54. And after that, it got worse and worse for Spartak: three goals in 106 seconds early in the second period prompted a change of goaltender but incoming Daniil Kudlayev conceded a further four times. Tikhonov ended up with two goals, as did defenseman Denis Denisov and forward Ivan Nepryayev.
Avangard Omsk beat Sibir Novosibirsk 2-1 - but the visitors were left feeling they could have taken something from the game with better finishing. But it was Alexander Perezhogin’s pair which proved decisive - his clinical finishing, along with good goalkeeping from Alexei Kuznetsov, separated the two sides.
The old guard hits back
Metallurg Magnitogorsk struck a blow for the KHL’s traditional heavyweights with a 3-1 victory over this season’s surprise leaders Amur Khabarovsk. Mikhail Yakubov scored twice for the hosts, opening the scoring on 16:20 before wrapping things up with an empty-net goal. Enver Lisin also scored for Magnitka, while Dmitry Lugin got Amur’s consolation. Home goaltender Ari Ahonen made 39 saves to help secure victory.
Around the league
Barys Astana eased to a 3-1 home win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Talgat Zhailauov, Kevin Dallman and Brandon Bochenski put the Kazakhs in command by 23:17; Dmitry Kagarlitsky got a consolation for the visitors.
Vadim Shipachyov posted 1+2 to help Severstal Cherepovets beat Dinamo Minsk 4-2. The forward got assists on the opening two goals before completing to scoring on 59:05.
Konstantin Barulin and Atlant Moscow Region weathered a storm to edge out Vityaz Chekhov 3-2. Barulin faced 45 shots, but was beaten only twice - both by Mikhail Anisin. Igor Musatov got the winner on 54:20, after Janne Niskala and Dmitry Upper also scored for Atlant.