Moscow CSKA swept Slovan Bratislava in four games. Nikita Zaitsev stepped in like he likes to to and fired a blast, getting the clincher in a come from behind game. He led CSKA defencemen in shots on goal for the four games, with 6, and this was his first point of the playoffs.

In January, it was strongly rumoured that Zaitsev will sign with the Leafs when his KHL contract expires at the end of the playoffs.