(1) CSKA Moscow 3
(4) Jokerit Helsinki 2
CSKA leads the series 1-0
CSKA snatched a dramatic victory in the final minutes of its series-opener against Jokerit, dishing out maximum punishment to Ossi Vaananen with two goals as he sat out a major penalty for a check to the head.
Vaananen’s indiscretion earned him a 5+20 as Jokerit was trying to run down the clock on a 2-1 lead – and CSKA took full advantage.
Within 10 seconds the scores were level through Igor Grigorenko. Alexander Radulov took a pass from Nikita Zaitsev, fired in a shot and Grigorenko was on the spot to convert the rebound.
Then the same trio combined again in the last minute on Grigorenko’s second of the night, shattering Jokerit’s hopes and gaining a vital advantage at the start of the series. This time it was Zaitsev’s shot and Radulov who pushed the rebound out wide where Grigorenko scored from an acute angle.
The early stages offered little hint of the drama that was to come. ...