CSKA confirmed that it would finish a regular season champion thanks to a 5-2 home win over Medvescak.
The Army Men went into the game knowing that victory here and defeat for Dynamo at Lokomotiv would guarantee top spot – and there was no shortage of confidence after Wednesday’s imposing 12-0 thrashing of Slovan.
But Medvescak, initially at least, hadn’t read the script. Goals in the first five minutes from Pascal Pelletier and Edwin Hedberg gave the visitor an unexpected 2-0 lead and saw Ilya Sorokin come off the bench to replace starting goalie Kevin Lalande.
The lead lasted into the second period only to be wiped out by an even faster salvo of three goals in three minutes. Stephane da Costa pulled one back, Roman Lyubimov tied it up and Jan Mursak put CSKA ahead in a purple patch from 20:54 to 23:13.
After that the home team never looked back. Igor Grigorenko made it 4-2 off a da Costa assist and the Frenchman wrapped up the scoring in the third period.
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