Two goals in the second period proved sufficient to take Jokerit past Atlant in Mytishchi.
Linus Omark scored off a Steve Moses pass before Tommi Huhtala stretched the Finns’ lead to 3-1. Moses scored Jokerit’s first goal in the 13th minute; strikes from Andrei Taratukhin and Artyom Chernov weren’t enough for Atlant, which went down to a second home defeat against the Helsinki team.
SKA trio leads the scoring charts
SKA opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table thanks to a 5-2 home win over Medvescak.
But despite the comfortable margin of victory, this was a live game until late on – Medvescak kept to within a goal of its high-flying opponent for much of the game and SKA only made the win safe in the closing minutes.
Bill Thomas pulled it back to 3-2 with just over 10 to play, but Ilya Kablukov and an empty-netter from Tony Martensson secured the points for SKA. Martensson finished with 1+1 while Vadim Shipachyov, Artemy Panarin and Ilya Kovalchuk moved to the top of the point-scoring chart – a goal for Shipachyov and an assist each for his teammates lifted all three to 22 points for the season so far.
Murley’s double paces Slovan to success
Matt Murley scored twice as Slovan eased to a 4-1 win at struggling Dinamo Riga.