The Latvians came to Moscow on a seven-game skid and knew that any more dropped points would officially end their playoff prospects. Aware that the chances of a successful end to the season were slight, Dinamo continued to give its youngsters a chance with 18-year-old Janis Svanenbergs getting a spot on the first line in Moscow.
The visitor wasn’t interested in making up the numbers here, though, and took an early lead thanks to Alexander Protapovich. However, it wasn’t long before Igor Polygalov tied the game and Andrei Alexeyev put the host in front at the start of the second period.
Any doubts about the outcome were resolved early in the third. Riga had a goal ruled out for offside on a coach’s challenge, then Moscow scored twice in three minutes through Teemu Pulkkinen and Dmitry Moiseyev. Mikelis Redlihs pulled one back for Riga midway through the last but it was left to Dmitrij Jaskin to have the final word.