Amur had to come from 0-2 behind to snatch a vital victory in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Tigers remain in ninth place with two games of the regular season left, but they are level on points with eighth-placed Avangard and just one behind Sibir.
However, 20 minutes into this game, the Khabarovsk team’s prospects of reaching the KHL playoffs for the second time in its history seemed to be receding. Red Star, which will finish its campaign with tomorrow’s home game against Barys Astana, was out to end on a high and get some revenge for Thursday’s 1-3 defeat against the same opponent. Goals from Gilbert Brule and Kyle Chipchura put the home team up, and left Amur in trouble.
But the middle frame turned things around. Jan Kolar reduced the deficit on the power play in the opening seconds of the period, with Maxim Kondratyev among the assistants. And he went on to have a decisive impact on the game with two goals of his own. First he tied the scores late in the second period, then he made it 3-2 midway through the final stanza. Vyacheslav Ushenin quickly added a fourth as Amur collected a vital victory.