Spengler Cup 2013
CSKA Moscow v Genève Servette 3-5
CSKA have been the architects of own destruction in this tournament, yet through having excellent offensive talent they’ve always found a way to claw back into games.
Until today that is as they found themselves in a hole even they struggled to climb out of.
Genève Servette served it up to their Russian opponents and opened the scoring after just seven minutes on the man advantage.
Driving to the net, Simek picked up the rebound from Stafford’s net and shovelled it home with his backhand.
A terrible giveaway by CSKA in their own zone and although Stana kept out Romy’s effort he could do nothing to halt Hollenstein on the rebound.
A 2-0 lead after twenty minutes was a fair reflection of the play and the chances but there was no chance Genève would sit on their laurels.
After halting a CSKA attack, they went on a rush down the right side with Gerber carrying the puck. He fired a heavy looking shot and yet another rebound was available for the Genève forwards with Petrell the beneficiary this time.
Despite having a power play opportunity, CSKA went able to generate a clear cut scoring chance and it would be the Swiss side who increased their lead further.
A booming shot from the blue line by Vukovic presented a rebound which Romy was first to react to and made the score 4-0.
Genève had chances to increase their lead further with only bad luck and good goaltending denying them before CSKA finally tallied with exactly one minute remaining in the second period.
The Swiss team were guilty of having too many men caught down low and some nice puck movement allowed Morozov and Ogurtsov to combine and set up a tip in finish for Saprykin
Just 75 seconds into the third frame and CSKA would finally took advantage of a power play.
Frolov created a turnover for himself and with two nice moves that had Mayer floundering, he had an easy finish to pull his team within two.
You could sense the tide has turned a little with that goal but Genève with Mayer in net were holding firm without generating much offense themselves. After 31 shots through the first two periods, the Swiss side would only take five attempts at Stana’s net, whilst the Russians doubles their shot total with 22 efforts as they pushed hard. That hard work would be rewarded with three and a half minutes to go as they dug the puck out from behind the net, presenting the opportunity to Zaitsev out in front who beat Mayer blocker side.
It was one way Russian traffic with Radulov involved in everything, he would come close to scoring himself before Grigerenko fanned on a glorious backhand chance which would turn out to be his teams last.
An empty net goal with a minute left on the clock from Daugavins sealed a 5-3 victory for Genève Servette who on the balance of play most definitely deserved to win the game and take home the Spengler Cup.
Best Player of the game:
CSKA Moscow – Alexandar Frolov
Genève Servette – Denis Hollenstein
All Star Spengler Cup Team 2013
Tobias STEPHAN (Genève-Servette HC)
Best Defenseman (left):
Ville KOISTINEN (HC Davos)
Best Defenseman (right):
Markus NORDLUNG (Genève-Servette HC)
Best Forward (left):
Kaspars DAUGAVINS (Genève-Servette HC)
Best Forward (right):
47 Alexander RADULOV (CSKA Moscow)
Matthew LOMBARDI (Genève-Servette HC)