SKA St. Petersburg 3
CSKA Moscow 4 (OT)
Don’t be fooled by the calendar: August might not be a month commonly associated with top-level hockey competitions, but there was nothing missing from CSKA’s Opening Cup win over SKA. The two teams picked up where they left off in last season’s thrilling play-off duel, producing high-quality hockey from start to end as the eighth KHL season got off to a rousing start.
As in the play-off series, the score finished 4-3. This time, though, it was a nip-and-tuck affair settled by CSKA newboy Geoff Platt in the first seconds of overtime. Platt, a recent capture from Lokomotiv, opened his account for the Muscovites with an unassisted effort on 60:25, putting away the rebound from his own shot to give the Opening Cup to CSKA.
But once again, both teams played a full part in a pulsating encounter that sets the tone for one of the big rivalries of the coming season. Three times CSKA led in regulation; three times SKA hit back. There was littl ...