CSKA produced another commanding performance to rack up the goals at home to struggling Dinamo Riga. The Latvians, defeated 7-0 last time out, might have allowed seven more here; a missed penalty shot from Maxim Mamin kept the Army Men to six.
However, the underlying problem for Dinamo is still all too evident: CSKA had 74 attempts in the game, 41 of them on target and spent over 18 minutes with the puck in Riga’s zone. Girts Ankipans has been seeking new goaltending options, but few netminders can regularly give their teams a chance to win in the face of that kind of onslaught.
The KHL’s leading scorer, Kirill Kaprizov, added a goal and an assist to his tally and moves to 18 (10+8) for the season so far. Linden Vey also scored twice, Ivan Telegin potted the fifth and goal number six just summed up Dinamo’s luck this season. On the power play, despite trailing 1-5, the visitor bravely called goalie Andrei Makarov to the bench in the hope of sparking an unlikely comeback. Instead, though, Alexei Marchenko shot into the empty net to wrap up another emphatic scoreline.