Former Salavat Yulaev players Alexander Radulov and Igor Grigorenko returned to Ufa – and both scored as CSKA eased to a 4-1 win. The pair combined for Grigorenko to open the scoring, and Radulov made it 2-0 on a 5v3 powerplay late in the second, with two points taking him level top of the scoring charts. Ilya Bryzgalov enjoyed his first win in CSKA colors, which Pavel Datsyuk claimed an assist to take his personal tally to 10 points in eight games.
Comeback win for SKA
Outsider Metallurg Novokuznetsk stunned a 12,000 crowd in St. Petersburg by taking a 2-0 lead against SKA, but the home side recovered to win it 4-2. The turnaround came in the final stanza, with Petr Prucha’s short-handed goal 10 seconds after the restart leveling the scores before a 5+game penalty against Alexei Grishin gave SKA a powerplay which yielded two decisive goals. Ilya Kovalchuk picked up an assist to take his record to 16 points in eight games since returning to Russia.
Slovan sneaks shoot-out success
Slovan Bratislava took the honors in a shoot-out following a 2-2 tie at Ak Bars. The Slovak side came close to winning in regulation, but Dmitry Obukhov’s 57th-minute equalizer forced overtime. Slovan then lost Milan Bartovic with a four-minute penalty, but survived before Miroslav Satan got the winner.
Malkin downs Torpedo
Evgeny Malkin got the winning goal as Magnitka edged past Torpedo 3-2. The Team Russia star also claimed the assist as Mats Zuccarello got his first goal for the club. Mikhail Varnakov’s late consolation goal gives him a share of first place in the point-scoring leaderboard with a tally of 19.
Varlamov victorious again
Semyon Varlamov proved unbeatable in a post-game shoot-out for the second time in three days, helping Lokomotiv to victory after a 2-2 tie at Traktor Chelyabinsk. Alexei Kruchinin was the only player to score in the shoot-out as Loko climb to second in the league table.
Around the league
Barys Astana hit five for the second time in three days, with Dinamo Riga the victim on Monday. Ryan McDonagh, the first American to make a lock-out switch to the KHL, had two assists in a 5-0 win.
Two goals from Igor Skorokhodov helped Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk to a 6-3 win over Spartak. The Moscow side has now conceded 11 in its last two games.
Avangard’s 2-1 success at home to Donbass Donetsk makes it seven wins from eight for the Omsk side. Sergei Kostitsyn kept up his goal-a-game record to claim the winner.
Two goals in the third period saw Vityaz Chekhov to a 3-1 win at Severstal Cherepovets.
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk snapped a three-game losing streak with a shoot-out win over Lev Prague. Czech forward Petr Koukal got the winner against his countrymen after a 2-2 tie in regulation.