A goal in each period and a shut-out from Stanislav Galimov saw CSKA to a comfortable win at home to Dinamo Riga.
The home team lined up without leading scorers Alexander Radulov and Stephane da Costa but still had too much firepower for the Latvians. Goals from Sergei Andronov, Maxim Mamin and Simon Hjalmarsson made the difference.
However there are some fitness worries for the home team. Radulov’s injury is set to rule him out of Thursday’s table-topping clash with SKA and the KHL’s top point-scorer might also be forced to sit out Sunday’s All-Star Game in Sochi.
Koskinen’s first SKA shut-out
Mikka Koskinen had his first shut-out since moving to SKA – but found himself on the bench as his team won a shoot-out at Torpedo.
Koskinen and his opposite number Mikhail Biryukov both made 27 saves in 65 scoreless minutes in Nizhny Novgorod but the Finn was replaced with young Igor Shestyorkin as the result came down to penalty shots.
Shestyorkin was beaten by Woj ...