(3) Dynamo Moscow 0
(2) SKA 2
SKA leads the series 2-1
A snorter of a wrist shot from Anton Burdasov and an empty netter from Ilya Kovalchuk gave SKA victory in the latest battle of these Western Conference rivals. But much of the credit for the visitor’s precious 2-1 lead in the series belongs to SKA’s often-underrated defense, which rode some early Blue-and-White pressure only to gain in composure as the evening went on. By the end, with clock ticking and the pressure increasing on the host, errors on offense were becoming as frequent as solid play by the blue-liners as Dynamo’s early energy increasingly dissipated in the face of a white-shirted wall in front of the reliable Mikko Koskinen, who made 27 saves.
Dynamo dominated the first period without being able to find the opening goal its enterprise deserved. Indeed, the Blue-and-Whites were so impressive in the early exchanges that not even a five-minute SKA power play could disrupt the flow of the game as the ho ...