Alexander Radulov was back on the ice for CSKA for the first time since January 13 and celebrated his return to action with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Salavat Yulaev.
The decisive moment came in the 31st minute with CSKA on the power play. Radulov exchanged passes with Stephane da Costa before firing in a one-timer from the right-hand face-off spot as Igor Grigorenko screened Leland Irving. That proved to be enough for Radulov to secure a victory against his former club.
Earlier in the second period the teams had traded goals during an eventful Salavat Yulaev power play. With CSKA’s Evgeny Korotkov in the sin-bin, the Army Men snatched a short-handed goal through Jan Mursak. But the lead was short-lived as Ivan Vishnevsky converted the power play to tie it up on 27:26.
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