MOSCOW, November 1 (R-Sport)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov gave his lockout team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl a 2-1 road win over two-time KHL champion Ak Bars Kazan with a last-minute goal.
Lokomotiv extended its winning streak to four games and took second place in the Western Conference, while two-time KHL champion Ak Bars is fourth in the East.
Ak Bars's Finnish forward Janne Pesonen equalized on 27 minutes after Lokomotiv's ex-Anaheim Ducks defenseman Vitaly Vishnevsky put the visitors in the lead just two minutes earlier.
One minutes before the final buzzer, Anisimov made a zero-angle wrist shot as the puck ricocheted off goaltender Konstantin Barulin’s leg into the net.
It was the first goal for Anisimov, 24, since he joined Lokomotiv on a lockout contract last month.
Elsewhere, Dynamo Moscow's players put the absence of ill Alex Ovechkin behind them as they beat Donbass Donetsk 4-2 to stay top in the West.
By 23 minutes, the hosts were 3-0 up thanks to two goals from right wing Konstantin Volkov and one from Kostiantyn Kasianchuk.
Donbass' Czech defenseman Peter Podhradsky and Swedish forward Fredrik Pettersson narrowed the gap to 3-2 with goals of their own before Dynamo's Alexei Tsvetkov made it a two-goal game again.
Expansion team Donbass, the KHL's first Ukrainian side, holds 10th position in the Western Conference with nine wins from 22 games.
NHL draft No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov scored two goals as his lockout team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk completed a 4-2 comeback win over Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
The Edmonton Oilers forward first made it 1-1 on 34 minutes after Torpedo’s lockout signing Alexander Semin had opened the score 10 minutes earlier and Yakupov popped up to seal the game with a late empty-net goal.
He now has 10 goals and four points from 13 games in the KHL.
Neftekhimik is sixth in the East, while Torpedo retained fifth position in the Western Conference.
Lev Prague broke its eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 defeat of Amur Khabarovsk and rose to the ninth place in the West, one point outside of the playoffs zone.
There were surprise defeats for some big games as SKA lost 3-4 to Dinamo Riga and CSKA Moscow 3-5 to Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
SKA and CSKA are neck-and-neck in third and fourth places respectively in the West, while Dinamo Riga escaped from the bottom of the conference standings, rising to 13th.
Metallurg stays fifth in the Eastern Conference.
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