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CSKA Moscow defeats Avangard Omsk to win KHL’s Gagarin Cup

CSKA Moscow became the first team in KHL history to top the table in the regular season and go on to win the Gagarin Cup
 A CSKA Moscow player holds the Gagarin Cup trophy during the medal ceremony  Sergei Savostyanov/TASS
A CSKA Moscow player holds the Gagarin Cup trophy during the medal ceremony
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BALASHIKHA /Moscow Region/, April 20. /TASS/. CSKA Moscow defeated Avangard Omsk 3:2 in overtime to claim the Gagarin Cup, the trophy of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the first time in its history.

Besides, CSKA Moscow became the first team in KHL history to top the table in the regular season and go on to win the Gagarin Cup.

CSKA was losing 0-2 at first, but managed to recover and eventually defeat its opponent in the overtime.

The goals were scored by CSKA’s Kirill Kaprizov (24’), Konstantin Okulov (58’) and Maxim Mamin (77’). Sergei Shumakov (13’) and Cody Franson (18’) scored for Avangard.

The KHL grand final took place at the ice arena of Moscow’s satellite city of Balashikha, which is Avangard’s home venue this season.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the game and took part in the award ceremony.

It was CSKA Moscow’s third KHL grand final and the second final for Avangard.

The Kontinental Hockey League was founded in Russia in 2008 and currently lists 25 professional ice hockey clubs from Russia, Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia.

International experts deem the KHL as the premier ice hockey league in Europe and Asia ranking it as the world’s second most important right on the heels of the US-based NHL (the National Hockey League).

KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko stated in September 2018 that the league chalked up 3.5 billion rubles (over $50.3 million) in revenue for the 2017/2018 season.