Metallurg Magnitogorsk showed some championship-winning resolve to turn defeat into victory in the day’s big game at home to SKA.
With barely three minutes left Magnitka trailed 1-3 and was deprived of the services of defenseman Chris Lee, who was ejected after his high stick injured Anton Burdasov. Earlier Lee had scored to cancel out Artemy Panarin’s opener for the visitor.
But Magnitogorsk hit back in dramatic fashion: first Sergei Mozyakin made it 2-3 on 56:42, then Danis Zaripov tied it up on 58:38. Into overtime, and Jan Kovar applied the coup de grace, collecting Moyzakin’s pass and facing down Mikko Koskinen to score the winner in a one-on-one.
Earlier Panarin put SKA in front, only for Lee to equalize in the second period. Roman Cervenka and Evgeny Dadonov then seemed to have the visitor in control until that late, late drama turned the game upside down.
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