League leader CSKA powered its way to the KHL summit on the back of 13 successive victories – but the sequence was broken before the international break with a 2-1 defeat at home to local rival Dynamo Moscow.
The teams had already proved that there was little between them when CSKA won a shoot-out at Dynamo following a 3-3 tie at the end of November and there was great anticipation ahead of this meeting before a sell-out crowd.
However the Blue-and-Whites proved stronger from the start, settled by an early Maxim Karpov goal owing much to a sloppy pass from Bogdan Kiselevich that his opponent intercepted in center ice.
A hard-fought middle session produced no further goals, and few clear chances, but saw a continuation of the controversy between Evgeny Artyukhin and Dynamo this season. In the previous game CSKA’s uncompromising forward kneed Alexei Tereshchenko, injuring his rival so badly that the Dynamo forward has not played since. This time it was young defenseman Gleb Koryagin ...