(2) SKA 1
(1) CSKA 3
CSKA leads the series 3-0
Fans with long memories might recall how Russian hockey often followed the same script. CSKA would bowl through each season in almost untouchable form, and every time it seemed that a serious challenge was emerging the Army Men would find an extra gear to stay ahead of the competition. It brought unprecedented success to the Moscow team – and there are signs that the same narrative might be unfolding this season.
After two wins in the capital the question was all about whether CSKA could bring its imperious form on the road against its closest rival in the regular season. SKA’s form was also impressive, and its imperious dismissal of Dynamo in five games suggested that this series would be a real battle to the last between two teams in top condition. And yet, three games in, the prospect of a sweep is alive and well.
However, if the pre-series talk was all about Alexander Radulov and his devastating partnership w ...