League leader CSKA and high-flying Jokerit served up an entertaining game in Moscow with the host taking the verdict in overtime after a 3-3 tie.
CSKA had already killed a penalty in the extra period before Nikita Zaitsev got the game winner on 63:46, just 25 seconds after Jokerit’s Niklas Hagman was sinbinned for interference. Zaitsev collected a clever reverse pass from Stephane da Costa, took a touch and launched a thundering slapshot past Henrik Karlsson.
Earlier the teams traded goals throughout regulation, starting after just 44 seconds when Jere Sallinen opened the scoring with the first shot on goal for the visitor. That lead lasted less than three minutes before a goaltending howler from Karlsson presented Simon Hjalmarsson with the equalizer.
The middle session followed a similar pattern: Petr Koukal put Jokerit back in front on the power play only for young Ivan Telegin to make it 2-2 shortly afterwards.
In the third Igor Grigorenko sent Andreas Engqvist clean through on goa ...