Tomas Zaborsky hit four goals past Yugra as Avangard won 5-2 in Omsk. And, completing a personal five-star show, the Slovak forward also claimed an assist on Alexander Popov’s goal. The game was settled in the first period, with Popov adding to Zaborsky’s first two efforts. Yugra did manage to pull back to 3-2 by 52:05, but 32 seconds later Zaborsky completed his hat-trick before wrapping things up with an empty-netter to take his points tally to 20 in his KHL debut season. Avangard now climbs to second place in the Eastern Conference. Last season’s runner-up has gone on a strong run – losing just two in the last 13 – to recover from a slow start to the season.
CSKA cruises past Sibir
Alexander Radulov’s two third period goals gave CSKA a 4-2 win over Sibir, with Pavel Datsyuk also catching the eye in another impressive performance. Both men returned three points in the game, with Radulov claiming an assist on Datsyuk’s effort late in the second period before the favor was returned for the game-winner on 40:57. Sibir struggled to create chances, despite tying the first session 1-1, and mustered just three shots on goal in the final period as the home side produced an assured display to claim a fourth successive win.