(2) SKA 2 (1OT)
(1) CSKA 1
Series tied at 3-3
It might not be Easter in Russia for another week, but SKA is determined to continue its resurrection in the Western Conference final. Sunday’s home victory over CSKA tied the series at 3-3, an unimaginable turnaround after the Moscow team roared into a 3-0 lead.
The decisive moment here came in the 70th minute. Patrick Thoresen delivered the killer blow, profiting as CSKA’s defenseman made the wrong decision and headed for the net instead of closing down the Norwegian in the slot. Thoresen, in his final season in the KHL, delivered the finish off Ilya Kablukov’s pass to spark delirious celebrations that even saw Ivan the Terrible, reincarnated as one of SKA’s most distinctive fans, take to the ice to congratulate the team on taking the battle to the final fight.
But as an improbable victory steadily becomes a real possibility for SKA, added pressure is taking its toll on both teams – as the first two period ...