(1) CSKA 2
(2) SKA 6
CSKA leads the series 3-2
SKA ensured that the Western Conference final series would continue with another victory over CSKA, once again dodging elimination and moving closer to an unprecedented fight-back from 0-3.
Suddenly SKA’s second line has come to play, contributing seven goals in two games to transform the contest from procession to battle. Evgeny Dadonov led the way in this one with two goals, overtaking CSKA’s Igor Grigorenko as the top goalscorer in the play-offs. His second of the night, and his 11th overall, was particularly impressive – and important, as it snuffed out a CSKA renaissance and stretched the visitor’s lead to 4-2 at the second intermission.
The pre-match talk focused on the return of French forward Stephane da Costa to CSKA’s ranks, but much like the previous clash in St. Petersburg it was Dadonov’s line that caught the eye. He was involved as SKA’s power play picked up where it left off i ...