(1) Ak Bars 3
(8) Avtomobilist 2
Ak Bars leads the series 2-0
For the second night running it took overtime to separate Ak Bars and Avtomobilist – but this time the visitor was left stunned by a last-gasp smash-and-grab from the Eastern Conference’s leading team.
Once again the game was tied at 2-2 in regulation, and once again Ak Bars won it with a power play goal from Oscar Moller early in the extras. But beyond the headline, the back story was very different.
Avtomobilist was within two minutes of a victory that would have taken the series to Yekaterinburg at 1-1. Eduard Lewandowski put the visitor ahead midway through the second period and Artyom Gareyev doubled that lead early in the third. With Jakub Kovar stopping everything Ak Bars could throw at him, it seemed that time was running out of the home team to save itself.
But this is a roster steeped in play-off experience and renowned for snatching results from unlikely situation ...