Jokerit and SKA joined CSKA in the Western Conference semi-finals thanks to series-settling wins over Dinamo Minsk and Torpedo respectively. In the remaining unresolved meeting Dynamo Moscow holds a 3-2 lead over Lokomotiv after a crushing win in the capital.
(2) SKA 2
(7) Torpedo 0
SKA wins the series 4-1
Patrick Thoresen was SKA’s star as it produced a thoroughly professional 2-0 victory to wrap up its Conference quarter-final series in five games.
The Norwegian’s incisive one-time pass handed Tony Martensson a great chance to open the scoring in the 15th minute and a couple of minutes later he scored himself on the power play, getting the key deflection on Maxim Chudinov’s shot.
At the other end Mikko Koskinen made 22 saves for his shut-out, with perhaps the best coming midway through the second period to deny Jarkko Immonen from close range, but the outcome was rarely in doubt.
SKA moves on to the Conference semis once again where it could face its ...