(2) SKA St. Petersburg 3 (1OT)
(3) Dynamo Moscow 2
SKA leads the series 1-0
SKA claimed an overtime victory over Dynamo, twice recovering from a goal down before winning the game on an Artemy Panarin goal 49 seconds into the extras.
It was a goal worthy of winning any game: after Roman Cervenka twice tested Alexander Lazushin, Panarin collected the puck out on the boards and embarked on a solo rush to the net before firing past the goalie and igniting an explosion of joy and relief among the bulk of the 12,000 crowd.
That relief was intensified by the knowledge that for long period of the game it had looked like Dynamo was writing the first chapter of another volume in the library of SKA’s play-off disappointments, twice taking the lead and doing a good job of quieting the home team’s dangerous offense.
It took a little while for the action to hot up in Petersburg, but once Mat Robinson put Dynamo up the blue-touch paper was duly lit. Robinson’s goal was a ...