(2) Sibir 2
(1) Ak Bars 1
Ak Bars leads the series 2-1
Sibir got back into the Eastern Conference final series with a home win over Ak Bars, bringing the scores back to 2-1 and maintaining its own impressive post-season record in Novosibirsk. Victory on the night by the odd goal in three continues this series’ sequence of low-scoring, hard-fought games and promises plenty more hockey to come to determine who will represent the East in this year’s Gagarin Cup final.
The home team made the better start to the game, inspired by a capacity crowd in Novosibirsk and motivated by the need to ensure that Ak Bars could not take an early grip on this game as it had twice in Kazan. But a pair of penalties against Sibir midway through the first period turned the momentum of the game into Ak Bars’ favor as an evenly matched game went into the intermission goalless.
The second period once again saw Sibir looking for the breakthrough and this time it came in the 30th minute &nd ...