It took a shoot-out to separate Ak Bars and CSKA for the second time this season, with the Moscow team avenging its home defeat thanks to Roman Lyubimov’s decider following a 2-2 tie in Kazan.
There were several stars missing from both teams due to the Eurotour internationals. The hosts were missing key defenseman Evgeny Medvedev and forward Yury Petrov, who were playing for Russia, while Swedish goalie Anders Nilsson and Finnish forward Janne Pesonen were also away.
CSKA missed leading scorer Alexander Radulov as well as Sergei Andronov, but welcomed back goalie Stanislav Galimov after his run-out for Russia against Sweden on Thursday.
It took some time for the teams to settle, although Nikolai Prokhorkin and Dmitry Obukhov found time for a brief scuffle at the end of the first period. The home side also missed a penalty shot early in the second, Oscar Moller failing to take his chance after he was fouled by Grigory Panin. That meant the game was scoreless until the 36th minute when Vl ...