Traktor out in front

11 December 2011, 22:21

Evgeny Kuznetsov kept his head to score a shoot-out winner for Traktor Chelyabinsk - and kept his side two points clear at the top of the KHL table going into the international break. The shoot-out success was brought on hosts Avangard Omsk, which battled back from 0-2 thanks to third period goals from Roman Cervenka and Yegor Averin to force overtime.

SKA back on form
SKA St. Petersburg snapped a losing streak to hold off Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and get a 4-3 verdict. Tony Martensson scored twice, but it was Ivan Nepryaev's short-handed effort which proved crucial as Neftekhimik launched a spirited fightback only to fall just short at the end.

Rapid revenge
Amur Khabarovsk got swift revenge for Saturday's defeat at home to Barys Astana - turning the tables to record an emphatic 7-1 win. Petr Vrana led the way with two goals; in-form Brandon Bochenski, inevitably, notched Barys' sole reply.

Clash of the titans
Ak Bars Kazan and Salavat Yulaev Ufa are the only teams to have lifted the Gagarin Cup, and they served up a clash worthy of champions in Tatarstan. The hosts prevailed 3-2 in a topsy-turvy game thanks to Niko Kapanen's goal on 53:15, but Salavat led twice through Alexander Svitov and Jakub Nakladal. Grigory Panin and Danis Zaripov also played a big part for Ak Bars, bagging two assists each.

New coach, no change
Spartak unveiled head coach Spiridonov ahead of Sunday's game at home to Lev Poprad - but the new man could do little to improve on a run of just one win in 10 games. Denied a debut win by Juraj Mikus's equalizer on 59:40, Spartak went down in a penalty shootout with Jiri Sekac getting the winner. It leaves the Moscow side with just four points from a possible 30, despite leading twice against the struggling Slovaks.

Mixed anniversary
Avtomobilist's veteran Andrei Subbotin marked his 1,000th game with a goal - but couldn't prevent his team losing 6-3 at Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Subbotin's strike, midway through the second period, tied the game at two, but Juhamatti Aaltonen and Sergei Mozyakin both scored twice as the hosts eased to victory.

Around the league
A brave fightback from Dinamo Minsk fell just short of denying Yugra a fifth successive win in Khanty Mansiysk. The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead by 8:10, but coudn't hold on as Peter Podhradski grabbed a last-minute equalizer for Dinamo. But in the shoot-out, Yugra edged home thanks to Igor Skorokhodov.

CSKA also fell short despite a brave fightback, losing in a shoot-out at Atlant to suffer a fifth successive reverse. Igor Musatov got the vital goal, after Eduard Lewandovwski and Patrik Zackrisson had given Atlant a 2-0 lead. CSKA battle back, though, but Sergei Shirokov's late equalizer was as good as it got.

Mikelis Redlihs got both goals as Dinamo Riga beat Vityaz Chekhov 2-0. While the previous game between the two teams was marred by a massed brawl in the closing minutes, Sunday's clash was relatively peaceful, with only a single flashpoint as Rodrigo Lavins and Alexander Fedoseev did battle late on.

Evgeny Kovyrshin scored twice for Severstal Cherepovets in a 4-1 home win over Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.

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