The winning streak against the mighty CSKA is over. In the third game between the two teams over two seasons, the Bears lost a tight 2:3 to the Red Army.
The guests had the opportunity to take the lead from the very first minute. After 41 seconds of game play, the refs gave a two-minute penalty to Martin St. Pierre, and the boys from Moscow only took 18 seconds to take advantage of their powerplay. Nikolai Prohorkin's quick goal heated the atmosphere on the ice. The Bears made several attempts on goalie Stanislav Galimov's net, until Pascal Pelletier levelled the playing field during a powerplay in the 11th minute. However, four minutes later CSKA was back in the lead.
''CSKA is a tough opponent and is playing really well this season. We were close to the win, but it went to the guest team. We played a good game, but we made little errors that determined the outcome that we shouldn't make against teams like this because they'll use them to their advantage. Especially Mursak and company. We have to win points in home games, we have to be strong at home'', said Bjorkstrand, who accepted the 'Lion Heart' award for player of the game as voted by media representatives after the match.
Near the end of the first period came new penalties. First in the 18th minute Mathieu Carle was given two minutes, and then 26 seconds later Evgeny Artyukhin was given 2+2. The Bears didn’t make use of their powerplay, but tied it at 2:2 in the 24th minute with Bjorkstrand’s help. That score remained on the scoreboard until the 55th minute when Jan Mursak secured the visitors three points.