There’s no sign of CSKA letting up and coasting through the final weeks of the regular season. The Army Men overwhelmed Barys 5-1 in Astana to further stretch the lead at the top of the KHL table.
It didn’t take long for CSKA to seize the initiative: after 10 minutes of sparring Maxim Mamin put the visitor up and Sergei Andronov made it 2 - in the 15th minute. Second-period goals from Stephane da Costa – who also picked up two assists on the nigh – Nikita Zaitsev and Roman Lyubimov put the issue beyond doubt.
Mike Landin pulled one back early in the third period, but it was a token effort in a game long since decided.
CSKA’s push for the regular season title was further enhanced by SKA’s surprise 3-1 loss at home to Atlant. Artemy Panarin gave SKA a second-minute lead but it all went downhill after that. Nikita Soshnikov tied it up in the ninth minute and further scores from Vyacheslav Leshchenko and Albert Yarullin completed a win that keeps Atlant’s play-off hopes alive.