Linden Vey’s hat-trick saw Barys Astana climb to the top of the Eastern Conference table, a point clear of Ak Bars after a 5-3 win over CSKA. Avangard also scored five in a comfortable home victory over Slovan, while Jokerit blasted three goals in six minutes to win at Ugra.
Omsk celebrated its first victory in five attempts after overpowering Slovan in the third period.
Initially there wasn’t much between the teams: Evgeny Medvedev’s first period opener was cancelled out by the visitor’s Jan Buchtele in the second. But once Mikhail Fisenko made it 2-1 in the 36th minute, Avangard stepped up a gear and cruised to victory.
Linden Vey’s hat-trick lifted Barys to a victory that moves the Kazakh team to the top of the Eastern Conference.
The Canadian forward struck twice in the second period, as the host wiped out Kirill Petrov’s early strike with a four-goal blast to take control of the game. Talgat Zhailauov tied the game a minute after the intermission, then Vey scored in the 24th and 29th minutes to open a 3-1 lead. Martin St.Pierre, Barys’ game-winner last time out, added a fourth – assisted by Vey - to delight a 10,000 crowd.
But CSKA wasn’t finished, and hit back with two goals early in the third. Mikhail Pashnin and Alexander Popov ensured a tense conclusion, but when Vey found the empty net with barely a minute left, Barys was assured of the win.
Ugra once again fell to defeat against Jokerit – and is still awaiting its first KHL victory over the Finns.
The home team’ hopes of ending that unwanted run evaporated inside six minutes, Jokerit quickly took control of the game. Ugra did little to boost its chances: a penalty in the fourth minute brought a power play goal for Brian O’Neill, then Eeli Tolvanen got a second goal on the PP less than two minutes later. The outcome was almost decided 20 seconds later when Masi Marjamaki made it 3-0.
Blitzed in the first period, Ugra had more of the game later on, but failed to find a way past Ryan Zapolski. The Jokerit goalie made 25 saves, and claimed his seventh shut-out of the season.