(2) Jokerit Helsinki 4
(7) Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3
Series tied at 1-1
Penalty trouble cost Torpedo dear as Jokerit tied the series before the action moves to Nizhny Novgorod. The visitor held a 2-1 lead going into the third period, but when Kaspars Daugavins was handed a 5+20 in the 46th minute the balance of play shifted decisively in the Finns’ favor.
Initially, though, it was Torpedo who had the better of things. A bright start got its reward when Sergei Kostitsyn opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Jokerit responded almost immediately; Niko Kapanen winning the battle on the slot and forcing home the rebound from Topi Jaakola’s slap shot.
Nikolai Zherdev added to his two goals in the first game when he made it 2-1 early in the second period. This time he started the move deep in his own zone and then advanced to collect Linus Videll’s between the hatchings and fire home.
However he was off the ice when Jokerit turned the game upside down in the third period, helped by a big penalty on Kaspars Daugavins. The Latvian was given a 5+20 for boarding, and Zherdev was sent to serve the time as Jokerit enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage. That paved the way for Philip Larsen to tie the scores with a shot from the face-off spot and then, 50 seconds later, Ville Lajunen gave the Finns the lead for the first time in the game with a powerful shot from the top of the circle that took a deflection off a Torpedo defenseman to beat Ilya Proskuryakov.
There was still some drama to come in the final seconds as Brandon Kozun found the empty net for Jokerit with just over one minute to play, only for Alexei Potapov to snatch a goal for Torpedo on 59:50. That sparked a brawl that saw four players, including the goalscorer, sinbinned before the Finns held out for the remaining seconds and the series is tied at 1-1.