Jokerit Helsinki 5
Dinamo Riga 6 (SO)
It’s been a week of big comebacks for Dinamo Riga, but Saturday’s incredible recovery from 0-5 down was something special.
After 40 minutes of play the Latvians’ cause seemed hopeless, trailing by a huge margin against a Jokerit team renowned for its defensive discipline. And yet, two days after Dinamo clawed back a 2-4 deficit in the last 80 seconds before beating Avtomobilist in overtime, the incredible happened: five unanswered goals in the third period tied the game and sent us into extras once again.
And once again Dinamo came out on top, this time in a shoot-out thanks to Lauris Darzins’ game-winner.
Mikelis Redlihs got the fight back rolling. He scored 24 seconds into the final stanza, perhaps unnerving a home team that must have assumed the game was effectively over. His second, in the 47th minute suggested a hint of respectability for Dinamo, but it wasn’t until Steven Seigo made it 3-5 with eight minutes to play that the ga ...