The big story of the day was the race for the two remaining playoff spots in the West. Sochi secured its place with a minimum of fuss, beating Slovan 2-0. Vityaz, though, had a nervous time of it. Beaten 5-1 by Avtomobilist, it was saved by Dinamo Riga’s loss at CSKA Moscow. Nikita Gusev picked up two points for SKA, taking his tally for the season to 81. Only Sergei Mozyakin has got beyond 80 points in a KHL season before. Mozyakin’s Metallurg beat Ak Bars 4-0 to seal third place in the table; the defending champion will face Avangard in an intriguing playoff pairing.