Salavat Yulaev shrugged off its recent indifferent form to beat Metallurg Magnitogorsk after a dramatic finish in Ufa.
But Jan Kovar made it 2-1 in the 57th minute, prompting a flurry of late scoring. Denis Bodrov scored an empty-netter as Magnitka went for broke, but even then Oskar Osala had time to reduce the deficit once again with a power play goal. It finished 3-2 as the hooter timed out Magnitogorsk’s chances.
Avangard halts Ak Bars’ run
Avangard ended Ak Bars’ four-game winning streak to strengthen its own grip on second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Omsk team, which had lost its last two games, edged a 3-2 verdict in Saturday’s top KHL clash thanks to a late power play goal from defenseman Nikita Pivtsakin. The winner came with just over two minutes to play when Pivtsakin fired home from the blue line through a crowd of players.
It was the third time the Avangard power play had scored on Emil Garipov, with Denis Parshin and Vladimir Sobotka scoring in the space of two minutes midway through the middle session as Ak Bars ran into a string of penalties.
Dynamo outlasts Atlant
Dynamo Moscow held off Atlant to win 3-2 in Mytishchi with all the goals coming in the third period.
After 40 minutes of stalemate it looked like the Blue-and-Whites would cruise to victory after Mat Robinson’s 43rd-minute opener was augmented by power play goals from Nikolai Zherdev and Martins Karsums to make it 3-0 in the 51st minute.
Slovan shocks Lokomotiv
Two teams in contrasting form clashed in Yaroslavl – but it was struggling Slovan that prevailed, ending Loko’s eight-game winning streak with a 2-0 success.
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Francis Pare fired four goals for Traktor in a 6-4 win over Amur. His quartet featured a power play goal and a short-handed effort, but the game winning goal went to team-mate Andrei Popov, who scored two. Ruslan Bashkirov also posted two markers for the visitor.
Lada also hit six as it overwhelmed Metallurg Novokuznetsk 6-3. Despite conceding early, the motormen rattled up five goals in 30 minutes to building a commanding lead. Georgy Belousov claimed the game-winner in the midst of that sequence.
Hot shot Jonathan Cheechoo added another GWG to his collection as Dinamo Minsk rallied to snatch a 3-2 win at HC Sochi. Cheechoo claimed an assist as Alexei Kalyuzhny tied it up in the 54th minute with his second of the game, and two minutes later the roles were reversed as the Belarusians took the points.
Sibir made a quick return to winning ways with a 2-1 comeback success at Neftekhimik. Evgeny Grigorenko put the home team in front but Alexei Kopeikin soon levelled and Vyacheslav Belov got the winner in the 46th minute.
Vityaz got within three minutes of ending its losing streak but eventually suffered its seventh successive defeat, going down in overtime at home to Medvescak. James Wright did the damage in the extras after Bill Thomas tied the game at 2-2 on 57 minutes.
Three goals in the second half of the second period led Admiral to a 6-3 win at Ugra. Alexander Gorshkov, Konstantin Makarov and Niclas Bergfors struck inside 10 minutes to put Admiral 5-3 ahead and ensure that Ben Maxwell’s double for the host was in a losing cause.