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    KHL: Lokomotiv Gets Controvserial Win at Traktor

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    Lokomotiv Yaroslavl prevailed in a penalty shootout to beat Eastern Conference leader Traktor Chelyabinsk on the road after overtime ended 2-2 draw.

    Lokomotiv Yaroslavl prevailed in a penalty shootout to beat Eastern Conference leader Traktor Chelyabinsk on the road after overtime ended 2-2 draw.

    Lokomotiv's Alexei Kruchinin buried the winning penalty shot after Traktor's Jan Bulis had leveled the scores at 2-2 seven minutes from the final horn.

    Traktor complained to the league that Lokomotiv had six players on the ice when Sergei Plotnikov made it 2-1 to the visitors in the second period.

    “We will do our best to challenge the result of the game,” Traktor director Vladimir Krechin said on the team’s website Tuesday.

    Despite the defeat, Traktor retained the leadership in the East, while Lokomotiv is second in the Western Conference, three points behind the leader Dynamo Moscow.

    Elsewhere, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin recorded a goal and an assist as his lockout team Metallurg Magnitogorsk beat Torpedo Nizhniy Novgorod 3-2 on home ice.

    Malkin has played 11 games for Magnitogorsk so far, racking up as many points on three goals and eight assists.

    Magnitogorsk is fourth in the East and Torpedo fifth in the West.

    SKA St. Petersburg rallied to a 4-2 home victory over Metallurg Novokuznetsk after Milos Riha’s team trailed 2-0 until the 36th minute.

    New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk provided an assist for SKA’s first goal, his tenth after joining the team on a lockout contract last month. He has also scored five goals.

    SKA is third in the West and on a four-game winning streak, while Novokuznetsk is ninth in the East.

    Meanwhile, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk overcame Lev Prague on penalty shots after the teams played out a 2-2 draw.

    NHL No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov broke the deadlock for the home team on the 22 minute before Boston Bruins star Zdeno Chara provided an assist for Lev’s second goal.

    Chara has two points from four games for Lev, while Yakupov has seven points from as many games, five of them on goals.

    Neftekhimik managed to put an end to its three-game losing streak and is currently seventh in the East, while Lev is on a four-game losing streak and seventh in the West.

    CSKA Moscow routed Salavat Yulaev Ufa 4-1 on the road as former Nashville Predators man Alexander Radulov got on the scoresheet.

    CSKA is fourth in the West with five wins in the last six games and 2011 champion Salavat Yulaev is just inside the playoff zone in the East on eight.

    Elsewhere, Avangard Omsk beat Donbass Donetsk 2-1 on home ice, with Alexander Perezhogin, formerly of the Montreal Canadiens, and Nashville Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn scoring for last season’s Gagarin Cup runner-up.

    Avangard is sixth in the East and Donbass is 12th in the West.

    KHL newcomer Slovan Bratislava travelled to Kazan to overpower Ak Bars on penalty shots after overtime ended in a 2-2 draw, with Slovan captain Miroslav Satan scoring the deciding penalty shot.

    Two-time champion Ak Bars is third in the East, while Slovan is sixth in the West.

    Vityaz Chekhov won 3-1 at Severstal Cherepovets in a game between two of the Western Conference's early strugglers. Severstal are ninth and Vityaz tenth.

    Meanwhile, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg produced a 1-0 home win over Atlant Moscow Region as Fyodor Malykhin scored a short-handed goal.

    Avtomobilist is 12th and last in the East, with Atlant eighth in the West.

    In other games, Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk beat Spartak Moscow 6-3 with Igor Skorokhodov scoring twice, and Barys Astana thrashed Dynamo Riga 5-0,four goals coming in the span of seven minutes in the third period.

    Barys is fifth in the East, Dynamo Riga is the bottom team in the West.