An assured shoot-out display finally handed SKA St. Petersburg victory in Kazan after a thrilling 5-5 tie with Ak Bars. Fyodor Fedorov got the winner with a clinical finish that left home goalie Petri Vehanen with no chance. But for much of the early exchanges it had seemed that it was league leaders SKA which had no chance in Tatarstan: the home side led 2-0 and 4-2, prompting Milos Riha to hand reserve goaltender Maxim Sokolov his first ice time of the season. The veteran repaid that faith with 34 saves and Fedorov was on hand for the 4-4 goal as SKA fought back. For Ak Bars, Danis Zaripov scored twice, including the leveler at 5-5, but his 2+1 return was not enough to secure victory.
Dynamo holds on
There was another high-scoring game in Moscow as Dynamo made hard work of beating bogey team Dinamo Riga 4-3. The hosts seemed to have it all under control after opening up a 4-0 lead - after Mikhail Anisin’s opener, Marek Kvapil and Denis Kokarev scored in the space of 11 seconds to make it 3-0 on 7:30. But after Sergei Konkov made it four, the Latvians livened up and came close to wiping out that comfortable cushion. Marcel Hossa began the fightback with a goal and an assist, and when Kristaps Sotnieks made it 4-3 there were 13 anxious minutes left for the home side to hang on.
Atlant wins at last
Atlant Moscow Region finally ended a miserable six-game losing streak with a comfortable 4-1 win at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Alexei Glukhov was the key player, scoring his side’s first two goals before Alexander Rybakov and Jonas Andersson completed the win.