(1) CSKA Moscow 3
(8) HC Sochi 0
CSKA leads the series 1-0
It took a little while for the newly-crowned champion of Russia to prove its supremacy over HC Sochi, but CSKA eventually finished with a comfortable 3-0 win to record a satisfactory start to its play-off campaign.
The home team made a perfect start, taking an early lead through Simon Hjalmarsson, who saw his initial shot fumbled into the path of Stephane da Costa behind the net. The Frenchman returned the puck to give his team-mate a second chance and Hjalmarsson made no mistake to open the scoring after 47 seconds.
But that goal was not the overture to a comfortable home win; by contrast Sochi produced a rugged display that had more than enough to suggest that it can play a full part in this series. The teams were separated by a single goal until late on as CSKA created chances but were unable to put the result to bed. Finally Evgeny Artyukhin in the 57th minute and Jan Mursak into an empty net made things mor ...