Stephane da Costa marked his KHL debut with two goals to lead CSKA to an encouraging derby day win over Dynamo.
The French international made the move from Ottawa over the summer, making KHL history as the first of his countrymen to feature in the competition, and he made an immediate impact at Luzhniki.
He got his first goal in the 16th minute, touching home an Igor Grigorenko pass at the far post to snap a 1-1 tie, and followed it up seconds after the intermission with a goal on the wraparound.
That was more than enough to see off a disappointing Dynamo which, for the second game running, grabbed an early power play goal only to fold under pressure.
This time it was Nikolai Zherdev who opened the scoring, claiming his first for Dynamo in the KHL with the help of a deflection in front of Emil Galimov’s net.
But after Alexander Radulov picked up the first of his three assists to tee up Grigorenko for a beautiful one timer over Alexander Yeryomenko’s shoulder there was little resis ...