CSKA legend Boris Mikhailov, who celebrated his 70th birthday this week, was guest of honor as CSKA overpowered HC Sochi 6-2 to join SKA at the top of the KHL table.
Mikhailov saw his old club deliver another impressive performance that suggests the Army Men will be serious contenders for a first title in 25 years.
And he wasn’t the only CSKA old boy at Thursday’s game: HC Sochi brought Andrei Pervyshin and Oleg Saprykin back, while Vyacheslav Butsayev returned to familiar territory in the locker rooms on Leningradsky Prospekt.
But there were no favors for old friends: CSKA ruthlessly despatched the league’s newcomer. Two quick goals in the 10th minute set the tone: Stephane da Costa and Vladimir Zharkov put the home team in complete control.
The second period followed a similar pattern, with Igor Grigorenko and Sergei Andronov scoring in the space of a minute.
Sochi got on the board at last early in the third through Cory Emmerton but da Costa and Andronov both completed doubles t ...