(8) Avtomobilist 1
(1) Ak Bars 2
Ak Bars leads the series 3-1
Ak Bars bounced back from Tuesday’s defeat to move 3-1 ahead in its series against Avtomobilist.
The Eastern Conference leader from the regular season produced a solid, sometimes stifling display to squeeze the life out of its opponent, and confirmed its win with two second-period goals.
Dmitry Obukhov opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, capitalizing on a gulf of open space at the far post to tuck away a pass from Alexander Burmistrov. It was 2-0 right on the halfway point as Ilya Nikulin let fly with a trademark slap shot on the power play and Justin Azevedo got the decisive deflection right in front of Jakub Kovar.
Alexei Simakov pulled one back for Avto with five minutes to play, but watchful defense ensured that the final storm fell short of tying the scores.
(7) Traktor 2 (1OT)
(2) Sibir 1
Series tied at 2-2