(4) Avangard 0
(1) Ak Bars 3
Ak Bars leads the series 3-1
Anders Nilsson came within two minutes of his third shut-out in a row to help Ak Bars tighten its stranglehold on this Eastern Conference semi-final series. By the time Kirill Semyonov scored on the Swede deep in the third the goalie had gone unbeaten for 178 minutes and 79 shots. In the time since Sergei Shirokov’s overtime goal back in game one put Avangard in front in the series, Ak Bars had turned that deficit into a 3-1 advantage and now stands just 60 minutes away from progress to the Conference final.
The Kazan team took the lead early on with Mikhail Glukhov getting his first post-season goal in the second minute, getting on the rebound after his own shot came back off the boards and deceived Denis Kostin on his recall to the Avangard starting line-up. At the other end Avangard mustered a miserly two shots on Nilsson’s net, a statistic that underlined the home team’s problems in making an impression ea ...