(2) SKA 4
(1) CSKA 1
CSKA leads the series 3-1
SKA produced a blistering performance to extend the Western Conference final series against CSKA with a 4-1 home victory. Three goals from the Petersburg team’s second line of Evgeny Dadonov, Vadim Shipachyov and Artemy Panarin, all three of them on the power play, made the difference as SKA turned the formbook upside down in emphatic style.
Trailing 0-3 going into Wednesday night’s game, SKA knew that there was no more margin for error if it was to avoid an ignominious exit in the last four and came out with a high-octane start. Early pressure paid off in the seventh minute when Denis Denisov’s thoughtless pass from behind his own net went to straight to Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovi fired the puck straight to the slot, where Patrick Thoresen was all alone to open the scoring. Surprisingly that was Kovalchuk’s first point of the series.
It was 2-0 shortly after the midway point of the opening stanza with Dadonov get ...