CSKA continued its winning streak – but needed overtime to see off a feisty challenge from Vityaz.
The game seemed to be going more or less according to plan when Damir Zhafyarov put the Army Men ahead late in the second period.
But tempers flared in the final stanza, with Evgeny Artyukhin and Roman Kudinov clashing before CSKA’s Nikita Zaitsev picked up a major penalty after a fight with Dmitry Tsyganov. Vityaz took full advantage of its extra men, scoring twice in 30 seconds as Nikita Vyglazov and Vyacheslav Solodukhin extracted maximum punishment.
With less than five minutes to play it looked like Vityaz might end its five-game losing streak and snap a four-game winning run for the league leader, but Igor Grigorenko tied it up at 2-2 almost immediately.
Into overtime and CSKA prevailed thanks to Stephane da Costa’s powerplay goal off Alexander Radulov’s second assist of the night.
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