CSKA takes fourth place in Red Bulls Salute
Sunday August 30th 2009, 11:47 pm
Photo: CSKA Moscow

Photo: CSKA Moscow

Mikhail Pashnin’s CSKA Moscow fell 5-3 to Finland’s Espoo Blues in the bronze metal game at the 2009 Red Bull Salute on Sunday, earning a disappointing fourth place finish in the preseason exhibition tournament.

Pashnin furthered his bid for a roster spot when CSKA kicks off its regular season in a week and a half with another strong performance.  The New York Rangers 2009 seventh round pick played a prominent role on defense, receiving significant playing time in all situations — including some on the power play.  The 20-year old defenseman also showed a bit of an offensive flair that hadn’t been evident in the tournament’s previous two games, driving to the net with the puck and pinching in on the play a few times.

On the down side, Pashnin was on the ice for two power play goals against — one a 5-on-3 against and both during a major boarding call against Denis Kulyash in the second period.  The goals broke the game open and gave the Blues a lead they’d never relinquish.  Pashnin earned a minor boarding call of his own midway through the third, but the hit that earned him the penalty call was a beautiful shoulder check along the boards in front of the benches that probably shouldn’t have been whistled.  The Blues scored on the ensuing power play, but the goal was waved off for reasons that weren’t clear from the live feed.

CSKA returns to Moscow on Monday for their final preseason warm-up, the Mayor’s Cup, which kicks off on Thursday.

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