Ak Bars battled back from 0-2 down to win in a shoot-out at CSKA. Three saves from Anders Nilsson denied CSKA in its first sequence of penalty shots this season, while Janne Pesonenfollowed up his late equalizer with the decisive blow.
Earlier it had all seemed so straightforward for the home team. After a goalless first period the game kicked into life in the second. Stephane da Costa converted two power plays for the Army Men and Ak Bars was struggling to stay in the game.
But a freakish goal in the 47th minute shifted the momentum of the evening: Dmitry Obukhov was credited with the marker after his shot from the blue line deflected off a team mate’s back and looped over Stanislav Galimov and into the net.
Nilsson denied Alexander Radulov in a one-on-one breakaway that would have settled matters for CSKA, and Ak Bars hauled themselves level on 57:15 when Pesonen tipped home a Evgeny Medvedev slap shot on the power play to take the game to overtime.
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