CSKA dominated much of the game at home to Vityaz, but found it tough to break down a stubborn opponent.
The scoresheet remained blank until the 36th minute before Alexander Radulov’s shot rebounded on to Igor Grigorenko’s stick and the forward found the unguarded corner of Harri Sateri’s net.
Vityaz came close to tying it up early in the third, but Maxim Afinogenov failed with a penalty shot right after the intermission. Later Kevin Lalande pulled off a good save to deny Dmitry Shitikov midway through the session to preserve his team’s 1-0 lead.
Mozyakin sinks battling Ugra
Metallurg Magnitogorsk captain Sergei Mozyakin got the game winner as his team finally subdued a spirited Ugra to claim a 5-4 verdict.
His 48th-minute strike, wrapping up a fine move from Magnitka’s top line, was the first time Ugra had trailed in the game and completed a recovery from 2-4 behind as the Eastern Conference leader remained out in front.
Earlier Andrei Sergeyev had led the way for ...