SKA St. Petersburg 9 Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk 4
It was raining goals in Petersburg as SKA and Ugra shared 13 of them in the highest scoring game of this season so far.
It didn’t take long to get the scoreboard ticking over - Ilya Kovalchuk potted his first of the night after 31 seconds. Then Alexander Barabanov kept up his personal hot streak with two goals in 93 seconds before Sergei Plotnikov made it 4-0 in the 12th minute as SKA produced a whirlwind start.
Konstantin Panov got one back for Ugra right before the hooter but SKA continued to dominate in the second period. Kovalchuk got his second and there were two for Sergei Shirokov as the lead moved out to 7-1.
After taking such a beating in the first two periods, Ugra showed some character to come back and outscore SKA 3-2 in the third. It made no impact on the final outcome, but goals from Alexander Ugolnikov, Oleg Pogorishny and Nikita Khlystov gave the visitor a small positive to take away from the night.
Jokerit Helsinki 3 CSKA Moscow 2 (SO)
After a long unbeaten run, CSKA suffered its second defeat in succession after losing out in a shoot-out in Helsinki.
Less than 24 hours after the international clash between Russia and Finland in Toronto went the way of Oleg Znarok’s team, this KHL battle between the two countries went in the Finns’ favor after Sakari Salminen was the only player to score in that shoot-out.
Earlier CSKA led twice in a 2-2 tie. Alexander Popov opened the scoring after 54 seconds but Peter Regin tied it up during a 5-on-3 power play. Then, in the 26th minute, Igor Ozhiganov fired a spectacular shot that beat Ryan Zapolski and found the top shelf before Jokerit levelled a second time when the video ref confirmed that Mika Niemi’s touch on Charles Genoway’s slapshot was legitimate.
There was more action for the officials late in the third when CSKA had a potentially winning goal ruled out for offside before the visitor survived a penalty in overtime only to fall in the shoot-out.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 6 Medvescak Zagreb 1
Metallurg had little difficulty in brushing Medvescak aside as six different players got on the scoresheet.
Wojtek Wolski gave Magnitka the lead after just 31 seconds, but Medvescak stayed in the game and tied the scores in the tenth minute thanks to Brandon McMillan.
It was level at the first intermission, but the middle stanza settled the outcome. Jan Kovar struck on the power play to put Metallurg in front early on before Alexei Bereglazov and Denis Kazionov found the net either side of the half-hour mark. Tomas Filippi potted his first of the season on another power play to make it 5-1 at the second intermission.
With the result no longer in doubt the pace dropped in the third but a late power play goal from Sergei Tereshchenko completed the scoring.
Around the league
Lokomotiv came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Sochi on a late goal from the in-form Pavel Kraskovsky. Vadim Shchegolkov and Andre Petersson put Sochi in front in the first period, but Alexander Polunin and Daniil Apalkov tied it up early in the second.
Vityaz claimed another impressive scalp with an overtime win over Sibir. Alexei Kopeikin got the decisive goal 26 seconds into the extras to condemn his former club to defeat. Earlier the teams played out a 2-2 tie. Nikita Vyglazov gave Vityaz an early lead but Oleg Gubin and Maxim Shalunov turned the game around for Sibir. Jakub Jerabek tied it up for Vityaz early in the third.