Avtomobilist, meanwhile, got a point on home ice for the first time this season. However, all four of the Motormen’s victories this term arrived on the road, with four games in the Urals bringing four losses.
Today Avtomobilist got a good start and went in front through Ryan Spooner. The Canadian forward reacted fast when John Gilmour was sluggish in cleaning up a rebound in front of the net. Spooner was also involved in the second goal of the game as Avto extended its lead on the first power play of the afternoon. This time he recycled the play for Jesse Blacker on the blue line, and the defenseman’s pass picked out Stephane Da Costa for an awesome one-timer against one of his former clubs.
Having established a two-goal advantage, Avtomobilist took a penalty almost immediately. CSKA wasted no time in converting the chance, requiring just nine seconds to get its ninth power play goal of the season. Sergei Plotnikov was the scoring, extending his current streak to five goals in three games. After trading those quick goals, the teams did not score again in the second period. Midway through the third, though, CSKA drew level. Another power play for the Army Men had just ended when Nikita Soshnikov sent a diagonal pass to Konstantin Okulov on the left-hand dot and a well-placed wrister did the rest.
Late in the game, Avtomobilist almost grabbed a winner through Danil Romantsev. However, he could not take his chance and the action moved into overtime. That at least brought a first home point for Yekaterinburg, but when Spooner took a tripping penalty that CSKA power play did its job again. This time it was Plotnikov with the pass out from the corner and Grigorenko with a bullet of a shot from the top of the circle to give the Army Men the verdict.