MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti)
Ak Bars Kazan beat Salavat Yulaev Ufa on penalty shots Wednesday, bringing an end to a four-game losing streak for the 2009-10 KHL champion.
Evgeny Medvedev’s strike sealed the points for Ak Bars on home ice after regulation time had ended 2-2.
Ak Bars climbs to third in the Eastern Conference, while Salavat Yulaev remains fifth.
The teams exchanged strikes in the first period as Salavat’s Finnish wing Antti Pihlstrom opened the score and his compatriot Jarkko Immonen equalized with a powerplay goal on 18 minutes.
Igor Musatov restored the lead of the visiting team at the start of the third period, but ex-Phoenix Coyotes forward Niko Kapanen sent the game into overtime just four minutes before the buzzer.
With overtime ending goalless, the stage was set for Medvedev to win it after his goaltender Konstantin Barulin had saved four shots by Salavat players.
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