Dynamo Moscow recovered from a hammering at SKA to beat Atlant 3-0. The key goals came within seconds during the first period. Denis Tolpeko opened the scoiring on 15:54, and 18 seconds laters Grigory Shafigulin doubled the advantage. An empty netter from Mikhail Anisin redeemed his earlier penalty miss, while goaltender Alexei Volkov made 19 saves as Dynamo defender strongly.
SKA St. Petersburg's young signing Vladimir Tarasenko has wasted little time settling in to his new surroundings - and a hat-trick in Thursday's 8-3 win over Torpedo cemented his place in the fans' affections. He got three of the first four goals as SKA quickly seized control, and by the 51st minute it was 7-1 to the home side. Torpedo kept battling, and managed a couple of consolation goals late on, but this was Tarasenko's day.
Ak Bars fights to win
A typically stormy encounter involving Vityaz Chekhov saw 9 goals - and 152 penalty minutes. The majority of those - 113 of them - went to Vityaz, with Jon Mirasty, Nick Tarnasky and Kip Brennan among the most prominent offenders in a game marred by several fights. It wasn't all one-way traffic, with Ak Bars' Grigory Panin also incurring the officials' wrath in the second period. In between the brawling, though, the home side powered to a 7-2 victory: Kirill Petrov scored twice, including the game-winner.
Barys closes in
Barys Astana took a big step towards booking a play-off spot with a 5-0 thrashing of Sibir in Novosibirsk. The game was killed off in the first period, with Fyodor Polishchuk scoring one and getting an assist on Josh Gratton's goal as Barys roared into a 2-0 lead. The advantage was never threatened, and a flourish in the final period saw three more unanswered goals: Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev also finished with 1+1, Vitaly Yeremeyev made 40 saves.
Metallurg loses its shine
Metallurg Novokuznetsk dropped vital points in its bid to reach the play-off, twice losing a lead at home to Eastern Conference leaders Traktor and finally being beaten in a shoot-out. Stanislav Chistov eventually claimed the points for the Chelyabinsk side, but only after Vladimir Antipov had tied the game at 2-2 on 52:14.
Bad luck for Bergfors
Salavat Yulaev consolidated its grip on a seeded spot in the East, but the shoot-out win over Severstal was harsh on Niclas Bergfors. The recent arrival in Cherepovets tied the game at 1-1 with just 60 seconds to play after leading a bombardment of Erik Ersberg's goal in the final period. But the young forward fluffed his lines in the shoot-out, and Yury Trubachyov claimed the winner for Salavat.
Spartak must have been dreaming of a second road win on the spin - but it all went wrong in the closing stages at Neftekhimik. Leading through Stefan Ruzicka's goal, the Red-and-Whites gave up a penalty on 57:02. With the home goalie called to the bench, Denis Arkhipov converted a 6-on-4 powerplay, and eventually the game was settled by Maxim Pestushko in the shoot-out.
Finally in gear
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg has endured a tough season - but despite being rooted to the bottom of the table the Ural side pulled off a fine 5-3 win at Amur Khabarovsk. The teams were tied 3-3 thanks to Andrei Subbotin 30 seconds from the end of the second. And it was Subbotin who had a hand in the decisive goals in the final session, with Alexei Krutov and Nikolai Bushuyev scoring.
Few things in life are as satisfying as getting one over your ex-employers, and Lev forward Tomas Netik enjoyed his game-winner against CSKA Moscow. The Czech frontman played for the Moscow team last season, but did the Army Men's play-off prospects no favors when he sealed a 3-2 win on 56:11. That was Netik's second of a profitable evening - earlier he had cancelled out Tomas Surovy's opener. For CSKA, it's a third successive defeat; for Lev it's a second win in a row.