(8) Avtomobilist 2
(1) Ak Bars 0
Ak Bars leads the series 2-1
Avtomobilist won its first play-off game since March 14, 2010, to claw its way back into its series with Ak Bars thanks to a 2-0 victory on home ice.
The Motormen had twice taken games to overtime in Kazan only to lose out, but back in the Urals there was no mistake. A solid defensive display, backstopped by 34 saves from Jakub Kovar, laid the foundations; goals from Alexander Nesterov and Alexander Rybakov secured the win.
Nesterov’s goal came first, in the eighth minute. He rounded off a counter-attack, collecting Alexei Mikhnov’s pass in front of goal and putting the puck top shelf on the backhand. The second came on the power play midway through the third period. Alexei Simakov was the architect, patiently waiting for the right moment to deliver the killer pass before picking out Rybakov who fired a one-timer into the unguarded portion of Anders Nilsson’s net.
The win puts Avtomobilist back in conte ...