(1) Ak Bars 2
(2) Sibir 0
Ak Bars leads the series 1-0
Ak Bars produced a thoroughly professional display to open up the Eastern Conference final series with victory over Sibir. A strong first period, and 21 saves from Anders Nilsson, proved sufficient to secure a 2-0 success for the team from Kazan.
The home side took the lead midway through the first period thanks to Oscar Moller. The Swedish forward earned a reputation for decisive late goals earlier in the play-offs after bagging back-to-back overtime winners against Avtomobilist in the first round, but this time he opened the scoring with an effort from the top of the circle that surprised Alexander Salak at his near post.
That goal was deserved: Ak Bars began brightly and carved out a couple of presentable opportunities in the first two or three minutes, springing something of a surprise for those who anticipated a cautious, patient style based on waiting for opposition errors
. However, fans with ...