FEB.24 (MOSCOW, RHI) -- Viktor Tikhonov's squad continued its impressive run with 1-0 victory over struggling Moscow Spartak on Saturday. The win was third in a row for CSKA, which distanced itself further from the relegation zone and trails ranked eighths Ufa by just six points with seven games left to play in the regular season.
CSKA Czech netminder Dusan Salficky registered his third straight shut-out and has been unbeaten for a run of 181 minutes and 58 seconds. Meantime forward Sergei Mozyakin scored his 10th goal of the season at 19:05 of the opening period. The goal was Mozyakin's 7th point in four games, since coming back from a facial injury that made him miss 18 games. Columbus Blue Jackets' prospect scored on a perfect pass from former Wilkes-Barre Penguin Alexei Kolkunov, as they enjoyed a two-on-one rush.
Calgary Flames prospect Andrei Medvedev made his second consecutive start for Spartak and was solid once again. He kept his team in the game making several clutch stops, including a stunning glove save on a point blank shot from Alexander Zevakhin early in the second period. Medvedev was elected Spartak's player of the game.
Overall it was a tough fought contest with a few spectacular plays, mainly by the home side players. Sergei Shepelev's squad played hard but couldn't buy a goal against focused Salficky.
Nikolai Zherdev was by far the most spectacular player on the ice. He was consistently dangerous rushing into opposition's zone, albeit had almost no support from his line mates. Philadelphia Flyers' Alex Drozdetsky returned to the line-up after missing three games with the flu. He had two gorgeous scoring chances, but was denied by Medvedev at both... Ever since Shepelev stepped in as Spartak's head coach Anaheim's Vladimir Korsunov's ice-time decreased dramatically. He sled down on club's depth chart from the second defensive pairing to being a seventh defenseman, who appears on the ice sporadically. On Saturday Korsunov played less than 10 minutes.
Moscow Dynamo rallied from a two goal deficit to tie against Ivan Hlinka's Avangard in an afternoon contest at the Luzhniki Minor Sports Arena.
Avangard went ahead on Tomas Vlasak's 16th goal of the season 7:40 into the second period. Eleven minutes later Montreal Canadien's draftee Alexander Perezhogin took advantage of netminder's Alexei Volkov's give-away to give his team a 2-0 lead.
Volkov started in fourth straight game for Dynamo. He stopped 24 shots, including 5 in the overtime, but looked quite rusty as it was a case in Togliatti last Tuesday. He made several good saves, however was weak on both of Omsk's goals.
Dmitry Starostenko and Alexander Kuvaldin scored 31 seconds apart halfway trough the third period to sent the game into overtime.
Former Hamilton Bulldog Maxim Spiridonov scored his first career hat-trick in RSL and added an assists to lead Amur Khabarovsk to a 7-2 rout of Chelyabinsk. Detroit Red Wings' prospect Anatoly Ustyugov scored twice in the winning cause.
Edmonton Oiler's Alexei Mikhnov scored an overtime winner, as his Sibir defeated SKA at home 3-2. Mikhnov also added an assists on Artyom Mariam's goal, as he skated on Novosibirsk's second line for most of the game.
In Nizhnekamsk, Lokomotiv established a franchise record with its 11th consecutive win in the regular season. 2003 draft prospect Konstantin Glazachev scored his third goal in just 11 RSL games, while rearguard Andrei Pervyshin registered his first career point on the play. Vyacheslav Butsayev also scored for Loko, which beat Neftekhimik 2-1.
Other results: Metallurg Mg 4, Severstal 1. Salavat Yulaev 2, Ak Bars 2. Metallurg Nk 3, Krylia Sovetov 2 (OT). Lada 8, Molot-Prikamie 1.
Amur Khabarovsk's Maxim Spiridonov (#8) scored a hat-trick and added an assists in his team's 7-2 win over Mechel Chelyabinsk on Saturday. In 39 games this season Spiridonov has 15 goals and 27 points.