Metallurg Magnitogorsk overpowered Spartak 7-2 in Moscow, leaving home fans torn between applauding Evgeny Malkin and leaving in protest at their team’s display.
In-form Malkin added 1+1 to his personal tally, which is now 22 points in 15 games, and received a warm ovation when he scored a powerplay goal on 28:42 to put his team 2-1 ahead. But cheers soon turned to jeers as Spartak folded: on 29:13 Dmitry Kazionov got the first of his two goals to make it 3-1, and by the end of the second period Magnitka led 6-1, prompting many fans to leave early as the Red-and-Whites slumped to a sixth defeat in seven games.
Torpedo strikes back to sink SKA
Torpedo recovered a 0-2 deficit to shoot down high-flying SKA 4-2, with Alexander Syomin getting his first goal for the club to complete the scoring.
SKA took control in the first period, thanks to Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko, but a double riposte from Dmitry Makarov either side of the second interval reeled in that advantage. The decisive moment came on 48:04 when Mikhail Varnakov got the game-winner, sending SKA to a second successive defeat and making it three wins in a row for Torpedo.
Around the league
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