After opening with a 5-2 win over Spartak, CSKA refreshed its roster. In came five new players, including goalie Lars Johansson and forward Maxim Shalunov. Linden Vey and Jiri Sekac were among the more prominent absentees. Shalunov centred a line with Kirill Kaprizov and Konstantin Okulov.
Vityaz brought in goalie Ilya Ezhov but he found himself somewhat underused in the opening period as Mikhail Kravets’ team got itself in front. Vityaz played almost all the game in CSKA territory and had two spells on the power play. Artyom Shvets-Rogovoi hit the post when clean through but the attacking intent got its reward late in the frame when Joonas Nattinen redirected a Ville Lajunen shot into the net.
Against Dynamo, Vityaz got in front then ran into penalty trouble. Here, the team learned its lesson and picked up just one minor in the first two periods. When CSKA made an error changing on the fly, it was little surprise that Alexei Makeyev applied the maximum punishment.
The third period brought more joy for the Moscow Region club. Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov made it 3-0 before Nattinen completed his hat-trick. It’s hard to recall the last time CSKA allowed five unanswered goals.
CSKA Moscow 0 Vityaz Moscow Region 5 (0-1, 0-1, 0-3)
Goals: 0-1 Nattinen (Lajunen, Grebenshchikov 18:39); 0-2 Makeyev (Jerabek 32:59); 0-3 Grebenshchikov (Moiseyev 42:44); 0-4 Nattinen (Lajunen, Yevseyenkov 48:32); 0-5 Nattinen (Lajunen 54:43 PP)
Goalies: Johansson – Ezhov
Nikita Nesterov, defenseman, CSKA
We’ve already forgotten about last year’s championship. Any defeat is just part of the process, nothing terrible happened. This tournament is all about preparing for the season. We didn’t create enough, we got caught out of position. Their goalie did well today but we should have got at least one goal. After our games against Spartak and Vityaz we can say that we are still not at 100%. I think we’ll get stronger as the season progresses.
Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov, forward, Vityaz
It’s always good to score against the champion, even if it’s just an exhibition game. We need to win games like this to boost out confidence and be more uninhibited. Before the game against CSKA we talked about how we needed to stay out of the box. I think we did that, so we had more energy for our game. In these pre-season tournaments, everyone is coping with a heavy workload, we’re trying out new combinations, new tactics, looking at how players work together. This competition is set up to prepare the team and check out the lines. But we’re still here to win.
Dynamo Moscow introduced new signing Dmitry Jaskin – Omsk born, Czech international, ex-Capitals forward – after completing his signing last week. And the newcomer made an immediate impact, shrugging off a lack of fitness to join the first line alongside Vadim Shipachyov and Daniil Tarasov.
Initially, though, it was Spartak who got in front. Dynamo’s forwards fluffed their lines and Ilya Arkalov showed how it was done at the other end.
Subsequently, though, Dynamo got it right. Just as against Vityaz, a first-period deficit became a 4-1 victory. Igor Polygalov tied the game before Shipachyov picked out a fine pass for Juuso Hietanen to make it 2-1 on the power play. The final stanza brought more power play chances as Jaskin converted another Shipachyov feed and Andrei Mironov wrapped up the win.
Dynamo Moscow 4 Spartak Moscow 1 (0-1, 2-0, 2-0)
Goals: 0-1 Arkalov (Zlobin 2:52); 1-1 Polygalov (Igumnov 23:44); 2-1 Hietanen (Shipachyov 30:30 PP); 3-1 Jaskin (Shipachyov, Cajkovsky 40:41 PP); 4-1 Mironov (Yefremov, Volkov 54:22 PP)
Goalies: Kuznetsov – Bespalov
Dmitry Jaskin, forward, Dynamo Moscow
I’ve already explained why I came to Dynamo. It’s done, there’s nothing to discuss. We agreed a one-year contract and that’s that. Of course, any player would be interested in returning to the NHL, I’m leaving the door open for that. But I was waiting for an offer from the NHL and I just wanted to play hockey and not wait any more.
Today’s game was a bit tougher for me, but I wasn’t just sitting on my couch at home. I was working and preparing for the season as normal. I thought I did OK, and I got a lot of game time.
Vladimir Krikunov, head coach, Dynamo
We had our traditional slow start. We came out half asleep and allowed an early goal. Luckily we got our game together after that and things more or less worked out overall. Only Kulemin’s line here is more or less settled, the others are still a work in progress.
Jaskin and Cajkovsky did well in their first games. I think Jaskin has a chance of getting a spot on the first line.
Oleg Znarok, head coach, Spartak
We started OK but then we had a load of penalties and our game fell apart. That wasn’t our game tonight. We train one way, then play another. A few things aren’t working out for us right now, but there are reasons for that. I think we can get over these problems and things will be OK.
Obviously, Dynamo’s first goal changed the game. But we didn’t play the right way. A week ago we looked physically stronger than today. In our previous game against Dynamo we looked decent, we played our hockey. Today nothing came off for us, nor for CSKA in the earlier game. We’re working towards September 2 and we’re still on course to be ready for that.