Ak Bars 2
SKA leads the series 3-1
SKA is just one game away from lifting the first major trophy in the club’s history after edging Ak Bars 3-2 on the night to take a 3-1 series lead. After a wait of almost 70 years the St. Petersburg team goes to Kazan on Sunday with a golden chance to end that long, long drought and claim the biggest prize in the Russian game for the first time.
In Game 4 all the big names came out to play. Ilya Kovalchuk produced a hat-trick of assists, the leading play-off goalscorer Evgeny Dadonov claimed the game-winner, and Ak Bars’ two key post-season scorers Oscar Moller and Justin Azevedo also found the net in replay.
SKA made a perfect start to the game, scoring with its first attack after just 38 seconds. Kovalchuk was the architect advancing down the right into a shooting position only to slip the puck across to the unmarked Patrick Thoresen. The Norwegian made no mistake, firing into a half-empty goal as Anders Nilsson spr ...