Young CSKA forward Nikolai Prokhorkin has developed a taste for local derbies. The goal-getter announced himself on the KHL scene last fall when he celebrated his birthday by scoring a hat-trick to defeat the Blue-and-Whites, and today he prolonged his New Year celebrations by snatching the only goal as the league leader claimed local bragging rights for the holiday season.
Prokhorkin struck late on, in the 58th minute of a hard-fought encounter, instinctly wafting his stick at Denis Denisov's shot from the point and getting enough of a deflection to deceive Alexander Sharychenkov, who watched aghast as the puck bobbled into the net.
Dynamo also had their chances, not least when Martins Karsums failed with a penalty shot after 10 minutes, but Kevin Lalande made 17 saves to keep CSKA level.
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SKA went to Helsinki and picked up a 3-1 victory that lifts it back into second place in the West at the expense of its Finnish rival.
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