Bottom hosted top in the Western Conference and the game went exactly as the form book suggested. CSKA was on top from start to finish, romping to a convincing victory in Latvia. Impressively, the Army Men scored seven goals from just 22 shots on target as both Ivan Nalimov and Eriks Vitols had a hard time coping with a clinical visiting offense. Dinamo also posted 22 shots on Alexander Sharychenkov, but managed just one goal.
The game was all but decided inside the first 10 minutes as goals from Maxim Shalunov and Sergei Andronov opened a 2-0 lead for the visitor. A CSKA power play added to Dinamo’s woes as John Gilmour took advantage to register his first goal in the KHL.
Early in the second period, the Army Men scored two in quick succession, with Nikita Korostelyov making it 4-0 before Andronov got his second of the game. Daniil Yurtaikin had assists on both the Andronov goals, making it four points in two games for him as he adjusts to life back in the KHL.
Ivan Telegin, a seasoned campaigned for club and country, added a sixth at the start of the third period. Late in the game, there was a special moment for 18-year-old defenseman Daniil Chaika. The youngster marked his return to club action with a goal in his first game since departing for the World Juniors in December.
However, Chaika did not have the final word. Dinamo battled until the end and grabbed a 59th-minute consolation goal through Evgeny Grachyov.