(2) Sibir 0
(1) Ak Bars 1 (1OT)
Ak Bars leads the series 3-1
Oscar Moller got his eighth play-off goal – and crucially, his fifth game-winner – to snap a 0-0 tie midway through the first period of overtime and put Ak Bars one step away from its third Gagarin Cup final.
For long periods the two goalies, Alexander Salak and Anders Nilsson, were on top: Nilsson blocked 25 shots from the home team while Salak frustrated 36 attempts on Sibir’s net before Moller got the game winner on 67:51.
But when the Swedish forward, so lethal in overtime this post-season, got his chance, he took it with a crashing one-timer from the edge of the circle off Igor Mirnov’s pass from the boards. It was a goal out of nothing; Mirnov seemed well marshalled by opponents while Moller was some way from Salak’s goal, but the power and accuracy of the shot, coupled with Renat Mamashev’s position screening his own goalie, proved enough to settle the game for Ak Bars.