A terrific goal from Pavel Datsyuk was the highlight of CSKA’s 3-0 home win over Lev Prague. Datsyuk got the third goal, collecting Denis Denisov’s pass just outside the blue line, tricking his way past Nathan Oystrick and scoring on Tomas Popperle via the piping.
Earlier Alexander Radulov picked up two more assists, taking his tally for the season to 8+14=22 and maintaining his place as the KHL’s leading point-scorer as CSKA eased to victory after the early exchanges proved hard fought. For Zdenek Chara’s Lev, making its first appearance in Moscow, the best chance came early on when Erik Christensen fired wide when one-on-one with Rastislav Stana, who made 33 saves for his second shut-out of the season.
Varnakov at the double
Mikhail Varnakov scored twice, and Vladimir Gorbunov posted 1+1 as Torpedo won 5-3 at Avtomobilist. An action-packed first period in Yekaterinburg finished 3-3, with both sides holding the lead for a time before Varnakov’s first of the game tied it up five seconds before the hooter. Alexei Vasilyev got the game-winner midway through the second period.
Around the league
Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk picked up its third win in a row to see off Donbass Donetsk. The Ukrainian side took a first-period lead through Evgeny Dadonov, but lost out 3-1. Alexander Golovin got the game-winner.
Metallurg Novokuznetsk won a high-scoring game at home to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, with Damir Zhafyarov getting the decisive goal in a nine-goal thriller in Siberia. Veteran NHL defenseman Brent Sopel was also on the scoresheet for Metallurg.