Spartak made a dream start, opening the scoring after just 65 seconds through Mikhail Yunkov’s short-handed goal. And it seemed like plain sailing as Oleg Gubin scored twice in the third period to help open up a 4-1 lead with barely 10 minutes to play.
But Traktor rallied strongly, and Chistov grabbed a dramatic leveler on 59:28 to see Traktor to a two-point cushion at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Sibir too strong for Ak Bars
Two goals in the third period gave Sibir a 3-1 home win over Ak Bars, enhancing the Siberian side’s position among the Eastern Conference leaders.
Around the league
Metallurg Novokuznetsk picked up a 4-3 win over Salavat Yulaev thanks to Randy Robitaille’s 54th-minute goal. It was Metallurg’s second high-scoring win in successive games, and sees the team leapfrog Salavat Yulaev into the play-off places.