Ak Bars 2
SKA leads the series 2-1
The Gagarin Cup finals came roaring back to life thanks to a battling recovery from Ak Bars. Trailing 2-0 in the series and 1-0 on the night as the third period got underway, the Kazan team turned the game around in the final 15 minutes of Game 3 … and took a crucial first step along the path of retrieving this series.
Alexander Svitov’s late goal saw Ak Bars grab a vital come-from-behind win to get off the mark at last. He struck in the 56th minute to complete a third-period fightback that not only salvaged the game but also transformed the progress of the season.
It wasn’t, perhaps, a highlight reel shot: shrugging off the attentions of Anton Belov to punt in a hopeful effort from middle distance, Svitov found that the element of surprise, rather than any raw power, was enough to beat Mikko Koskinen and give the Kazan team a precious life-line in its quest for a third Gagarin Cup crown.
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