(1) CSKA 4
(4) Jokerit 2
CSKA wins the series 4-1
Not for the first time CSKA had to come from behind to beat Jokerit, but a 4-2 win in Moscow sent the Army Men through to the Western Conference final and a meeting with its military counterpart from St. Petersburg.
Damir Zhafyarov claimed the vital goal with five minutes left, swinging around behind the net and firing the puck into the slot where it deflected off Topi Jaakola’s skate and beat Henrik Karlsson. A short-handed empty net goal from Grigory Panin merely rubbed salt in the visitor’s wounds.
The winning goal perhaps summed up Jokerit’s misfortunes in this series: on more than one occasion a winning position went begging, sometimes due to on-ice errors and sometimes down to sheer misfortune. But it was enough to send CSKA through in five and give hockey’s most-titled team its best post-season run of the KHL era.
With a place in the conference final at stake, CSKA had the better of ...