CSKA produced a crushing display to claim the biggest win in the KHL’s history with a 12-0 thrashing of Slovan.
The Army Men’s victory was bigger than Ak Bars’ notorious 11-1 hammering of Avangard back in 2009, even if it still fell some way short of the club’s biggest ever win – a 23-0 blow-out against Spartak Kaunas of Lithuania in the Soviet Championship of 1952-3.
The first period set the tone. CSKA fired in six goals, and gave up just two shots on Stanislav Galimov’s net over the course of 20 minutes of pure hockey dominance. It was 3-0 inside six minutes as Alexander Radulov and Igor Grigorenko got the first of their hat-tricks before Vladimir Zharkov chased starting goalie Denis Godla to the bench.
His replacement, Johan Backlund, stayed in place until the final hooter – and limited CSKA to just two goals in the second period – but ultimately could do little to stop the home team’s procession.
Radulov topped the scoring charts with 3+2, Grigorenko was close behind on 3+1, ...