Five games were scheduled for Thursday in the Kontinental Hockey League -the top duel came in St. Petersburg in the game against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.

Spartak Moscow – SKA St.petersburg Nikita Gusev #97 KHL Conference 1/4Final © Robanser

In the top match SKA St. Petersburg against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, the goalkeeper of the guests was always in focus – Jakub Kovar. SKA scored more than twice as much as Yekaterinburg in the first leg, but Kovar did not pass. However, when his team had to act outnumbered, Jori Lehtera met for St. Petersburg in the 22nd minute to the lead to 1-0. Shortly thereafter Avtomobilist had the chance to make up in excess, but the power-play was unsuccessful. Goal scorer Lehtera received just before the second break a 2 plus 10-minute disciplinary penalty for a check against the head. The advantage could not be exploited, but in numerical tie Peter Holland scored to 1-1 equalizer.

In the last section the game got really exciting again. Three minutes from time Maxim Karpov almost scored the winning goal. After a long video study, the goal was correctly denied because of high stick. This Yekaterinburg rescued in the extension. However, it only took 47 seconds for Kovar to make it back a second time. Artyom Zub scored the 2-1-winning goal for SKA.

SKA St Petersburg vs Avtomobilist 2-1 OT (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0)

further results:

Kunlun Red Star va Niznekamsk 2-1 OT (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 1-0)

Metallurg Magnitogorsk vs Vladivostok 3-4 OT (1-2, 2-0, 0-1, 0-1)

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl vs HC Sochi 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Avangard Omsk vs Amur Khabarovsk 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0)