Traktor Chelyabinsk had enjoyed two shut-outs in its first two games, but it took less than three minutes for SKA St. Petersburg to find a way past Michael Garnett. Fyodor Fedorov was the scorer, capitalizing on a wayward pass to convert a solo breakaway even though his team was short-handed at the time. Jan Bulis tied it up within a minute, but the visitors were not to be denied as a brace from Gleb Klimenko made it 3-1 by the first interval. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on Ilya Yezhov with 54 seconds left, but SKA held on for the win.
Lahti’s got the answer
Janne Lahti’s first ever KHL goal proved to be the game winner as Ak Bars Kazan won 3-1 at Barys Astana. The Finnish international struck just before the half-way point to make it 2-0, following Kirill Petrov’s opener. Barys eventually pulled a goal back through Roman Starchenko, but the Kazakhs went down to a fourth successive defeat in their first appearance on home ice.
The Radulov brothers combined to give CSKA an overtime winner at Severstal Cherepovets. The key moment came 20 seconds from the end, when Alexander set up Igor for the powerplay decider. Earlier Igor had claimed an assist on Vladimir Zharkov’s opener, before Evgeny Ketov tied it up early in the third.
Lev leaves it late
Two goals in the last five minutes gave Lev Prague a 2-0 victory at Vityaz Chekhov in its first road game in the KHL. The sides were deadlocked early on, but Lev began to seize the initiative in the second period and finally broke through thanks to Erik Christensen on 56:59. Jaroslav Svoboda then broke free to clinch it with an empty net goal 16 seconds from the end.
Shoot out sinks Salavat Yulaev
Avangard Omsk picked up a third straight win – but needed a shoot-out to see of Salavat Yulaev on home ice. Alexander Perezhogin was the only player to convert his penalty shot to hand Avangard the honors following a 1-1 tie. Earlier Anton Kuryanov had brought the home side level with five minutes to play, cancelling out Yury Trubachyov’s 45th-minute opener.
Dinamo Minsk’s Finnish forward Teemu Laine got off the mark for the season with two goals and an assist in his team’s 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. Laine led the Belarusian fightback after Slovan opened up an early 2-0 lead. First the Finn’s shot was deflected into the path of Lukas Krajicek, who made it 1-2, then Laine scored twice himself either side of the second interval to give Dinamo the lead. Cory Murphy made it four, before former Dinamo man Jonathan Sigalet pulled one back in the last minute.
Slepyshev at the double
Youngster Anton Slepyshev scored twice and Alexander Lazushin made 38 saves as Metallurg Novokuznetsk ended Spartak’s winning start to the season. The Siberian side skated to a 3-0 win at Sokolniki as the Moscow club failed to bring its impressive form on the road back to home ice. Slepyshev opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and wrapped it up on 43:14, with Anton Lazarev’s goal sandwiched between his duo.
Around the league
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk overturned a 0-2 deficit with a fine final period to win 3-2 at Yugra Khanty-Mansisyk. Jan Kolar got the winner on 56:22, despite his team being short-handed at the time.
Jori Lehtera’s third period goal completed a comeback 2-1 win for Sibir Novosibirsk at Dinamo Riga. The Latvians took an early lead through Krisjanis Redlihs, but Kristian Kudroc leveled in the second period.