CSKA Moscow 5
Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2
CSKA maintained its good early season form, while Salavat Yulaev remains rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference after yet another defeat.
Wednesday night's game in Moscow was rich in subtexts: from the sight of former strike partners Alexander Radulov and Igor Grigorenko lining up on opposite sides to the on-going quest for consistency from the struggling visitor. But in the end it was the Army Men's early-season fluency that won the day.
CSKA has lost just once this season, and after battling hard for two periods the home team delivered a strong finale to continue that record and join early pacesetter Avtomobilist on 17 points. Third-period goals from Maxim Mamin, Geoff Platt (his second of the night) and Roman Lyubimov turned the game firmly in the Red-and-Blues' favor, snapping a 2-2 tie in decisive fashion.
Lyubimov's effort was the pick of the bunch: on the PK he claimed possession on his ...