Zherdev and Polushin combine efforts in CSKA win
Game Recap: Spartak - CSKA

NOV.13 -- Nikolai Zherdev's redemption for unproductive performance at the Four Nations U-20 tournament came in Red Army's first game following a 10 days long break in the RSL action. Hopeful of repeating Ilya Kovalchuk's exploit at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, Zherdev scored twice and assisted on Alexander Polushin's game winner to lead CSKA to a convincing victory over struggling Spartak.

Home side dressed six new players and had former assistant Sergei Shepelev serving as head coach behind the bench. Moreover Vyacheslav Starshinov, Spartak's new president and GM, attentively followed the action from the press box. Flurry of changes, but same old outcome for the Red and White...

After a passive and scoreless opening period Viktor Tikhonov's side came out strong in the second, outshooting opposition 14-8. At 3:35 Zherdev flew into offensive zone, made a couple of electrifying moves taking out of play Spartak's netminder and defender and delivered a superb pass to Polushin, who had to hit a wide open net for his first goal of the season.

Polushin's goal opened up the game, what was clearly to CSKA's advantage. Tikhonov's side turned up the pace and Spartak's defenders struggled to handle fast flying youngsters.

Early in the third period outcome of the contest was solved as CSKA got back-to-back power play goals from Zherdev and Sergei Mozyakin. Zherdev got his second tally of the game midway through the final period upgrading his season goal total to 9 in 20 games.

-- Max Dostoevsky

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