Jokerit was given a finishing lesson by Metallurg Magnitogorsk as the defending champion made its first trip to Helsinki.
Magnitka ran out a 4-1 winner, but all too often Jokerit failed to convert its chances. The 15th minute demonstrated the point: Niko Kapanen was denied Vasily Koshechkin in a one-on-one chance, then Metallurg went straight up the ice and worked a goal for Chris Lee.
Viktor Antipin doubled that lead before the intermission, and after that Jan Kovar took charge.
The Czech forward already had an assist on Lee’s opener, and he added two scores of his own, converting his team’s first power play of the night midway through the game and adding a fourth early in the final session. In between times Linus Omark got Jokerit on the board, but the evening began to Koshechkin. He made 29 saves, including some big stops in one-on-one breakaways, to frustrate Jokerit and secure the points for Magnitka.
A tale of three goalies
Defenseman Mat Robinson scored twice ...