Defending champion Salavat Yulaev Ufa ended 2011 on a menacing note, recording a fourth successive victory. This time Barys Astana was the victim, going down 4-2 in Ufa as Salavat consolidated its position among the Eastern Conference leaders. Igor Grigorenko's goal on 51:53 - a well-worked move involving Alexander Radulov and Vitaly Atyushov - broke a 2-2 deadlock and gave Vener Safin's team ample reason for holiday cheer. Radulov's empty netter left him with 2+1 for the game.
The narrowest margin
Metallurg Magnitogorsk continued its winning streak with a 1-0 win at home to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Tomas Rolinek got the only goal in the first period, but it took several good stops from goaltender Ari Ahonen to ensure a Happy New Year for the hosts and frustration for visiting forwards Maxim Pestushko and Oskar Osala.