The top game in Sunday's KHL program pitted two free-scoring Czechs against each other - and it was Avangard's Roman Cervenka who came out on top against Amur's Jakub Petruzalek. Cervenka finished with 1+1 in his team's 3-2 win; Petruzalek did not trouble the scorers. Avangard close to within two points of Amur in the divisional table.
Improving Dinamo Riga kept up its run of good form with a 4-1 home win over Spartak. The visitors failed to bounce back from an 8-1 home hammering last time out, thanks in no small part to Janis Sprukts' two goals for Dinamo. Martins Karsums and young Juris Upitis were also on target for the hosts; Roman Lyudichin's third-period goal did little to help Spartak.
The clash of the Metallurgs of Magnitogorsk and Novokuznetsk went the way of the hosts and favorites - but it was a close-fought 2-1 win for Magnitka. Sergei Fyodorov's powerplay goal on 56:02 was all that separated the sides after Alexander Golovin had cancelled out Sergei Mozyakin's opener.
Two goals in the last 62 seconds prevented Dinamo Minsk from closing the gap on Western Conference leaders SKA St. Petersburg at Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The hosts scored the late goals through Ilya Malyushkin and Alexander Streltsov to run out 4-2 winners.
Traktor ploughs on
The Eastern Conference is still headed by Traktor Chelyabinsk following a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow. Andrei Popov and Alexander Ryazantsev got the home goals; Niklas Persson's reply was too little too late.
Around the league
Igor Magonin scored twice in Yugra Khanty Mansiysk's 4-1 home win over Sibir Novosibirsk.
Brandon Bochenski struck an overtime winner for Barys Astana after a 1-1 tie with Lev Poprad in Kazakhstan.
Yaroslav Tulyakov's opener for Vityaz Chekhov was not enough to see the strugglers avoid defeat at home to Severstal Cherepovets. The visitors hit back to win 3-1 thanks to Alexei Tsvetkov, Nikolai Kazakovtsev and Maxim Chudinov.