CSKA defeated SKA in St. Petersburg on Saturday in game one – with veteran Alexander Popov stealing the scene unexpectedly potting the third-period game-winning goal. CSKA started the game on a positive note, with an early strike by Maxim Sorkin giving them the 1:0 lead in the opening frame. SKA tied things up with a deflection by Andrei Kuzmenko with Popov sitting in the penalty box – but the veteran made amends later netting the game-winner. An empty-netter by Vladislav Kamenev sealed the deal for the guests, and SKA will improve its game to pose a more serious menace to the last year’s finalist.

19:30: SKA vs CSKA

Series stand:
CSKA leads the series 1-0.

About the game
CSKA took the upper hand in game one, but this doesn’t mean that SKA is ready to surrender. However, they will need to improve their offensive game as only one goal isn’t enough if they really want to get through the Muscovites. Nikita Gusev will play his 500th career game tonight – will he want to celebrate in style?
CSKA’s forward Maxim Sorkin is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points over that span.
CSKA’s forward Andrei Svetlakov is also on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.

Injury list
SKA: Joonas Kemppainen.
CSKA: Nikita Rtishchev.

Milestone alert
SKA’s Nikita Gusev lines up for his 500th KHL game.
SKA’s forward Anton Burdasov may score his 50th KHL playoff point tonight (currently at 49).

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