They came to salute the new regular season champion. They came to see CSKA celebrate landing its first domestic trophy since the end of the Soviet Union. But they left with a stark reminder that, come the play-offs, there’s more than one contender from Moscow.
CSKA powered to the Continental Cup thanks to Friday night’s win over Medvescak and that success, combined with the potent lure of a local derby against Dynamo, ensured a full house for Sunday’s game.
And the big crowd was treated to a hard-fought game settled by some clinical Dynamo finishing and crowned with a third-period fight that saw young Nikita Kvartalnov in the thick of brawling as he earned 17 minutes in penalties.
Dynamo took the lead midway through the second period with a well-worked goal. Alexei Tsvetkov collected the puck behind the net, picked out Denis Mosalyov out in front and the forward’s instinctive pass gave Martins Karsums a clear sight of the open corner of Ilya Sorokin’s net. Dynamo might have gone ahead ev ...