Dynamo Moscow’s winning run came to an abrupt halt at home to lowly Ugra. Although the visitor gave up a 2-0 lead, Nikita Gusev kept his nerve to snatch a shoot-out win following a 2-2 tie. Dynamo thus tasted defeat for the first time in 11 games, but remains comfortably ahead of the chasing pack in the league table.
Ugra had threatened a shock much earlier, opening up a 2-0 lead on the defending champion in regulation. Mikhail Zhukov opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Artyom Bulyansky’s penalty shot doubled the advantage early in the second – as well as giving a foretaste of Bulyansky’s later success in the first shot of the shoot-out.
But Dynamo doesn’t lack for confidence during its winning run. Martins Karsums reduced the deficit and Sergei Soin tied it up with 24 seconds to go in the middle session. Both sides had chances in the last, but nobody could find a winner and so it went on to a shoot-out.
The home team did the damage early in the second, with Dmitry Kugryshev and Alexei Kopeikin opening up a two-goal cushion. At the other end, Nikita Bespalov was on top form, making 33 saves for a shut-out in only his second KHL game of the season, while two late goals from Jori Lehtera completed the scoring.
He opened the scoring off a Danis Zaripov pass on 14 minutes and rifled home a wrist shot to make it 2-0 shortly after the interval. Sergei Tereshchenko extended the lead before Alexander Radulov got one back late on for CSKA.
Nikita Filatov was the game-winner as Salavat Yulaev left it late to see off Slovan. Filatov had already scored once when he coolly converted a 55th-minute penalty shot to put his team 3-2 in front. Antti Pihlstrom found the empty net to seal a 4-2 victory.
Lev cruised to a 4-1 victory at Neftekhimik. The Czech team had four different goalscorers and eight separate players claimed assists in an impressive team display; Martin Thornberg’s goal early in the second period proved to be the winner.
Avtomobilist kept on motoring towards a play-off spot with a 3-1 win at Vityaz. Igor Yemeleyev got the decisive goal on the penalty kill shortly after halfway.