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CSKA - SKA - 3:1

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HC SKA press-service

In a tough battle, a shocking start to the game prevented SKA from earning any points against CSKA in Moscow, as three conceded goals in the first period resulted in an avoidable 1:3 defeat in the 2021/2022 KHL regular season.

The first period was a complete and utter nightmare.

Bursting out of the blocks with all guns blazing, CSKA quickly took a two-goal lead in the Russian capital, as Sergei Plotnikov and Sergei Andronov both knocked the loose puck over the line following dreadful defensive mistakes. Our coaching staff predictably opted for a time-out after the second marker.

Matters were about to go from bad to worse.

Incredibly, with a mere eight minutes on the clock, Mikhail Grigorenko sent an unstoppable one-timer beyond the stranded Lars Johansson on an odd-man rush to make it three. SKA head coach Valeri Bragin promptly made the call to swap Johansson for Dmitry Nikolaev in our net, in turn handing the latter his KHL debut.

Nikolaev was certainly thrown into the deep end. In the remainder of the opening frame, the 21-year-old pulled off a series of fantastic saves at point-blank range, and he was also relieved to see Konstantin Okulov smack the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

CSKA - SKA - 3:1

To their credit, SKA did manage to make an improvement in the second stanza.

Unlike the opening frame, our players were managing to protect the puck effectively in the opposing zone, drawing three penalties out of CSKA and applying pressure on the Muscovites. On the powerplay, Anton Burdasov came close to our opener, smashing the bar with CSKA goaltender Ivan Fedotov unsighted.

When shorthanded, Joonas Kemppainen wasted a glorious chance for SKA, shooting against the pads clean through. At the other end, CSKA only tested Nikolaev four times in our net in the second period, but they almost tallied their fourth on a powerplay of their own as Artyom Sergeev hit the pipe from distance.

The third period saw SKA lay siege to the CSKA net.

Eventually, with 55 minutes on the clock, SKA got on the board for the first time this season against CSKA on the road. Alone on the right faceoff circle, Burdasov got SKA back in the game, as his low wrister was just too hot for Fedotov to handle.

All of a sudden, the momentum really was with our team. However, a holding penalty taken by defenseman Oscar Fantenberg took the wind out of SKA’s sails, an incident which consequently allowed CSKA to regain control of proceedings and keep the visitors well away from their zone.

Sadly, despite SKA pulling the impressive Nikolaev for the extra skater in the concluding two minutes, CSKA held on and successfully saw the match out.

SKA will now prepare to face Neftekhimik in Nizhnekamsk on Tuesday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:00 local time.

Match protocol:

CSKA - SKA - 3:1 (3:0, 0:0, 0:1)

Goals:

1:0 Plotnikov (Okulov, Kamenev), 01.04

2:0 Andronov (Nordstrom, Sorkin), 06.34

3:0 Grigorenko (Slepyshev, Karnaukhov), 08.01

3:1 Burdasov (Kuzmenko, Kemppainen), 54.18

Goalkeepers: Fedotov - Johansson/Nikolaev

Shots on target: 22 - 19

Faceoffs: 26 - 24

Hits: 13 - 21

Blocked shots: 13 - 25

Penalty minutes: 6 - 8

Referees: Frano, Romasko

21.11.2021. CSKA Arena, Moscow.

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