Nizhny Novgorod (17:00)
In-form Dinamo Riga made it six wins from seven to heap more misery on stuttering Salavat Yulaev. Goals from Jamie Lundmark and Mikelis Redlihs put the visitors 2-0 up in Ufa, and although the defending champion pulled one back through Sergei Yemelin, Salavat couldn't tie the game in the tense finale.
SKA snaps losing streak
SKA St. Petersburg iced a much-changed line-up at Amur Khabarovsk – and promptly ended a three-game losing streak. The decision to promote Maxim Rybin to the first line paid off, as he produced a goal and two assists in SKA’s 7-3 victory. It took just four minutes for the visitors to open up a 2-0 lead, and by the first interval it was 4-0. Amur, who topped the table earlier in the season, have now suffered 7 defeats in 9 games in the past month – but there was relief at last for forward Jakub Petruzalek. The Czech striker got his first goal in five outings, but could do little to save his team from defeat.
Around the league
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk suffered a second home defeat in three days as Yugra Khanty Mansiysk repeated Avangard's 3-1 triumph. After an even first period Igor Skorokhodov put Yugra 2-1 ahead and the same player had an assist on Vitaly Sitnikov's last-minute clincher into an empty net.