(1) CSKA Moscow 3
(8) HC Sochi 1
CSKA leads the series 2-0
CSKA took a 2-0 lead in its series against HC Sochi in a game that closely resembled Friday night’s opener.
A first-minute goal, this time from Igor Makarov, set the Army Men on the road to another victory, but once again it took time for the home team to translate its supremacy on the ice into a comfortable advantage on the scoreboard. Sochi did well to keep things competitive but ultimately gave up a second deep in the middle session. Stephane da Costa found the net, while goalie Kevin Lalande picked up an assist to become the first netminder to pick up a point in this year’s play-offs.
Lalande’s next significant action was a less happy moment for him: in the 42nd minute he conceded his first goal of the post season, exactly 101 minutes after he started his play-off campaign. Mikhail Anisin, once the inspiration behind a Dynamo Moscow Gagarin Cup triumph, had the honor of claiming Sochi’s first ever ...