Spartak snapped its seven-game losing streak in emphatic style, downing Avtomobilist 5-2 after the departure of head coach Viktor Pachkalin on Tuesday. Acting boss Fratisek Hossa enjoyed a triumphant start despite a bizarre first period which saw Avto outshot the hosts 12-4, only to trail 2-0 to goals from Stefan Ruzicka and Dmitry Vishnevsky. Further goals from Vadim Berdnikov, Marcel Hossa and Yegor Mikhailov completed the scoring; Alexei Krutov got both Avto’s efforts as the bottom club went down again.
Panov at the double
Konstantin Panov scored twice for top-of-the-table Traktor in a 4-1 win at Severstal Cherepovets. The Chelyabinsk side trailed to Josef Straka’s first-period goal, but turned it around in the second with three goals. Panov completed the scoring in the final period.
Deron the destroyer
Deron Quint’s hat-trick helped Barys Astana to a 6-2 win at Vityaz Chekhov in a game marred by another fight. Jon Mirasty of Vityaz and Josh Gratton of Barys, whose long-running feud has crossed the Atlantic, traded blows in the third minute, and after serving 5-minute penalties the pair were ejected from the game after a repeat bout on 12:29, seconds after Talgat Zhailauov had given Barys the lead.
CSKA slips up
Two goals in the space of a minute wiped out CSKA’s lead and set Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod on the way to a shoot-out win in Moscow. Alexei Ugarov and Robert Nilsson did the damage at the start of the third period, and after a nerve-jangling 12-shot sequence, Andrei Nikitenko finally separated the teams with a successful penalty shot. Earlier Denis Parshin got his first goal after returning from injury to put CSKA ahead and youngster Dmitry Kugryshev doubled that advantage in the first period.
It was a similar story in Slovakia, where Lev Poprad clawed back a 3-1 deficit against Dynamo Moscow with two goals in 23 seconds. Jiri Sekac scored on 47:49, and on 48:12 Stepan Novotny tied the game. With no further goals, it took a shoot-out to separate the teams, and Karel Pilar kept his nerve to give Lev the bonus point.