The big game in the West saw CSKA host fellow Army Club SKA, looking to avenge a 4-1 defeat in St. Petersburg. After suffering back-to-back defeats against Lokomotiv and Atlant, the Moscow team was keen to end a difficult week on a high, and duly delivered its fans the perfect tonic with a 2-0 win.
SKA, meanwhile, had problems even before the game started. Moscow's notorious traffic jams left the hockey stars of St. Petersburg snarled up, and the only solution was for Ilya Kovalchuk and colleagues to hop on the rush-hour Metro and scurry to the stadium
Not surprisingly, then, CSKA started the stronger and Alexei Morozov opened the scoring in the ninth minute after a well-placed pass from behind the goal by Ilari Filppula. Those who imagined that the home team now had the green light to follow the express track to victory reckoned without SKA's reluctance to be shunted aside. The game remained a close-fought battle with Kevin Dallman hitting the piping late in the first and SKA having by far the better of the second period. This time, though, there was no way past Ilya Proskuryakov, and Alexander Radulov wrapped it up with an empty net goal to end a continuous winning streak.
Road win at last for Minsk
Dinamo Minsk finally got an away win thanks to a shoot-out success at Amur. Geoff Platt brought the long wait to an end - in Dinamo's just another road game - when he was the only player to find the net following a 2-2 tie.
But it could have been far less anxious for the Belarusians, who let slip a 2-0 lead in the closing stages. Zbynek Irgl and Richard Lintner put Dinamo in command, only for Jan Mursak and Alexander Loginov to level it.
Loko denies Lev
Sergei Plotnikov led a smash'n'grab raid as Lokomotiv snatched an overtime win at Lev. He scored the only goal of the night 56 seconds into the extras.
Earlier goalie Curtis Sanford was the key man as Loko held on for a 0-0 draw despite being heavily outshot. Lev forced 31 saves out of him, while its defense held Loko to just 14 shots on goal - and none at all in the final period.
Around the league
Dinamo Riga suffered a surprise home defeat to Severstal, going down 2-1 in Latvia. Marcel Hossa gave the home team an early lead, but goals from Anatoly Nikontsev and Alexander Yevseyenkov turned the game around.
Spartak withstood a storm of pressure to claim a 2-1 win at Sibir. The home side's dominance yielded just a single late goal, while Spartak struck through Deron Quint and Matt Anderson to claim the points.
Medvescak's Mark Dekanich made it two shut-outs in a row as the Zagreb team beat fellow KHL newcomer Admiral 2-0 in Vladivostok. His 29 saves and Jonathan Cheechoo's two goals made all the difference.
It was the same scoreline in Novokuznetsk, where Donbass got back to winning ways against Metallurg. The home team mustered just 14 shots on Jan Laco's goal; Jan Kolar and Maxim Yakutseniya found the net at the other end.