(1) CSKA 3
(2) SKA 0
CSKA leads the series 1-0
CSKA drew first blood in the Western Conference final with a 3-0 victory at home to SKA. Alexander Radulov and Roman Lyubimov – the latter recalled to the team tonight in place of Nikolai Prokhorkin – led the scoring while Stanislav Galimov also celebrated a successful return to action with 25 saves for his shut-out.
As always in a high-profile clash like this the first goal was crucial – and CSKA claimed it in the seventh minute. Radulov was the scorer, spotting the loose puck beneath Mikko Koskinen’s pads after the Finn blocked Lyubimov’s shot, but the key play came seconds earlier when Radulov spun onto the slot and played a wonderful instinctive pass through his own legs to give his team-mate the shooting chance.
That duo reversed its roles in the middle session with Radulov feeding Lyubimov behind the net and watching his colleague score on the wraparound. A quick check with the video official confirmed the goal ...