(1) Ak Bars 1 (1OT)
(2) Sibir 0
Ak Bars wins the series 4-1
Ak Bars booked its place in the Gagarin Cup final with an overtime victory over Sibir, wrapping up a 4-1 series victory.
Once again there was little between the two teams for much of the game, but the vital moment came six-and-a-half minutes into the extras when Mikhail Glukhov got his first point of the series to score the game- and series-winning goal. Sadly, as is so often the case in games like this, the decisive blow was born of a defensive error. Konstantin Alexeyev got himself caught in possession on the boards as he sought to clear his zone and Mikhail Varnakov pushed the puck into the path of Glukhov. The Ak Bars forward rushed for the net, picked his spot and fired into a tight gap high on Alexander Salak’s stick side to settle the outcome.
After 60 goalless minutes in Novosibirsk two days before, these two produced a similar stalemate in Kazan. For Sibir, knowing that defeat would spell the ...