Ak Bars Kazan 2
SKA Saint Petersburg 4
SKA leads the series 1-0
SKA wasted little time in setting down a marker in the Gagarin Cup final series, powering to victory over Ak Bars in Game 1 in Kazan. Once again Evgeny Dadonov’s line was at the heart of SKA’s success and the leading play-off goalscorer took his personal tally to 13 with a superb individual effort early in the second stanza.
The clash was billed as a battle between SKA’s open, attacking style and Ak Bars’ rock-solid defense – a case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object – and on this evidence that ancient philosophical query is being resolved in favor of pace and motion rather than strength and rigidity. SKA put the pressure on its host by opening the scoring and then stepped up a gear to stretch the lead with two quick goals at the start of the third.
That left Ak Bars needing to get its own offense into play more impressively than we’ve seen through much of this year’s po ...