CSKA put Slovan to the sword once again with Kirill Kaprizov leading the way. The young forward potted a hat-trick in this one, while his partner Mikhail Grigorenko had a hand in all four goals.
CSKA Moscow - HC SLOVAN Bratislava 4:0 (1:0, 2:0, 1:0)
Goals: 17. Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Nesterov), 26. Scott (Grigorenko, Nesterov), 40. Kaprizov (Grigorenko), 46. Kaprizov (Grigorenko, Scott). Referees: Bukin, Soin – Galimov, Stroganov, Penalties: 4:6 na 2 min, Powerplays: 3:0, Penalty killing: 0:0, 5689 spectators.
CSKA Moscow: Johansson – Dahlbeck, Robinson, Pašnin, Naumenkov, Blažijevskij, Nesterov, Čmychov – Grigorenko, Šalunov, Kaprizov – Andronov, Hansen, Scott – Telegin, Slepyšev, Svetlakov – Tolčinskij, Karnauchov, Rtiščev – Okulov
HC SLOVAN Bratislava: Čiliak – Sersen, Gelinas, Meszároš, Švarný, Jánošík, Klok, Bačík - Řepík, Taffe, Červený – Jeglič, Sukeľ, Liška – Sloboda, Bailey, Rau – Hrnka, Chipchura, Buc - Baranov.
The teams last met in Vienna during the KHL World Games and on that occasion CSKA blew Slovan away in the first period. Here, things were much tighter: the teams shared 13 shots in the opening frame and it wasn’t until a 17th-minute power play that CSKA took the lead. Kaprizov got the goal, Grigorenko had an assist and the pattern for the game was established.
Another home PP early in the second period saw Grigorenko play provider once again, with Greg Scott the beneficiary as CSKA made it 2-0. Then, in the final minute of the session, the Grigorenko-Kaprizov combination paid off again for the first equal-strength goal of the night. Another power play in the third brought another goal and – no prizes for guessing – it was a combination of Scott, Grigorenko and Kaprizov that secured the win for CSKA. Lars Johansson’s 18 saves secured his sixth shut-out of the season.