Salavat Yulaev Ufa 1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 3 (0-0, 1-1, 0-2)
Bill Peters enjoyed his first victory as head coach of Avtomobilist, bouncing back from yesterday’s high-scoring loss to defeat Salavat Yulaev in the return game between the teams in Ufa.
For home head coach Tomi Lamsa, this was a chance to look at the depth of his roster. Of his imports, only goalie Juha Metsola featured, and the top line of Nikita Soshnikov, Teemu Hartikainen and new signing Markus Granlund were all rested. Avto, meanwhile, returned Pavel Datsyuk, Geoff Platt and Anatoly Golyshev to the forward line — and that change paid dividends.
The game was goalless until midway stage, when Golyshev put the Motormen in front. Salavat quickly responded through Pyotr Khokhryakov to tie the game, and the same player had a great chance to put the home team in front in the third period. However, he was unable to beat Vladislav Gross with a penalty shot in the 45th minute.
After that, Avtomobilist took control. Datsyuk got an assist as Alexei Makeyev made it 2-1, a first goal for the summer signing since he arrived from Vityaz. Then Platt scored into an empty net to seal the outcome.