(1) Ak Bars 2
(4) Avangard 0
Ak Bars wins the series 4-1
Goalkeeper Anders Nilsson has been in almost unbeatable form throughout this series and his third shut-out in four games was enough to take Ak Bars to the Conference final and a meeting with Sibir.
Incredibly, after conceding an overtime goal to Sergei Shirokov as Avangard took a 4-3 verdict in game one, the Swede has given up just one goal in 240 minutes of hockey as Ak Bars denied its opponent any chance of making progress. His phenomenal effort finished with another 21 saves tonight as his team wrapped up the series with two games to spare.
The game was decided in the second period with Ak Bars scoring twice in quick succession to open up a 2-0 lead that it was never going to relinquish. The opener came in the 35th minute after Igor Mirnov’s mighty check seized possession and his pass found Oscar Moller all alone in front of goal. A powerful shot didn’t manage to avoid Konstantin Barulin, but had suffi ...