MOSCOW, November 23 (R-Sport) - Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored a goal and an assist as his lockout team Metallurg Magnitogorsk demolished Kazakhstan’s Barys Astana 5-1 in the KHL regular season.
Fellow lockout signing Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs also grabbed a goal for Metallurg, which is now third in the Eastern Conference, six places above Barys.
Ken O’Reilly opened the scoring early for Metallurg before Maxim Spiridonov leveled for Barys midway through the first period and Kulemin put Metallurg ahead again 2-1 on 15 minutes in front of the home crowd.
Gonchar then played a part in setting up Dmitry Kazionov’s second period goal before scoring one himself off an assist from Evgeni Malkin. Kazionov then made it 5-1.
Gonchar has now racked up three goals and 13 assists in 23 games since joining Metallurg in the lockout.
Elsewhere, Eastern Conference leader Traktor Chelyabinsk marched on with a 2-1 win at home to lowly Yugra Khanty-Mansiisk.
Yegor Dugin and Maxim Yakutsenya’s goals decided matters for Traktor, which lost to Yugra last week. Yugra is 10th in the East.
Second-placed Eastern Conference team Avangard Omsk kept pace with Traktor by inflicting a 13th straight defeat on Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, the league’s worst performing team.
Avangard was a 6-3 winner on the road, helped by a goal and two assists from lockout signing Sergei Kostitsyn of the Nashville Predators.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa thrashed Donbass Donetsk 5-1 on home ice and rises to fifth in the East while Ukrainian expansion team Donbass stays ninth in the West.
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