Once the fanfares were over, the Army Men got down to the serious business of extending a 13-game winning streak and maintaining their place at the top of the KHL table. How serious were they? Well, 21 shots to four in the first period serious. The Swiss public got a glimpse of CSKA at its swaggering best and only a strong performance from Timur Bilyalov kept Riga in contention at 0-2.
Konstantin Okulov opened the scoring in the 13th minute and Kirill Kaprizov, one of the faces of this CSKA team, added a second. Russia’s Olympic hero needed just seven seconds to convert a power play chance after Kevin Clark took a minor.
The middle frame could hardly have been more different: this time the teams traded just eight shots on goal. Dinamo’s improved defense was breached once more, however, when Nikita Nesterov made it 3-0 right before the intermission.
Into the third period and CSKA took the game away from Dinamo. Artyom Blazhiyevsky struck seconds after the break to make it 4-0 and Jannik Hansen added a fifth with a simple finish at the back door. That completed the scoring; for CSKA, two outings in the KHL World Games have brought two wins and a 14-0 goal differential.