The final day of action before the international break produced some close battles. SKA recorded its 11th successive victory, but needed a shoot-out to overcome a stubborn Dynamo Moscow. Avangard, meanwhile, saw a 2-1 lead turn into a 2-3 loss in the last two minutes of its game at home to Barys. Torpedo tried to do something similar at Vityaz but, after trailing 0-3, could only claw back two goals. There were also one-goal wins for Kunlun at Amur, Sibir at Traktor and Jokerit at home to Spartak. Metallurg broke the pattern, romping to a 5-1 success at home to Dinamo Riga.