Western Conference semi-finals, Game 1
(1) SKA St. Petersburg 4
(4) Atlant Moscow Region 0
SKA lead the series 1-0
SKA opened up its Western Conference semi-final series with a comfortable win at home to Atlant. The home side dominated throughout, and it was perhaps surprising that it took until the 17th minute to open the scoring through Vladimir Tarasenko in a first period which saw SKA out-shoot Atlant by 15-3.
After the interval the Petersburg men put the game beyond doubt through Fyodor Fedorov and Viktor Tikhonov, then Mattias Weinhandl made it 4-0 early in the third after Tony Martensson pounced on a defensive error. At the other end Jakub Stepanek enjoyed a peaceful evening, facing just 15 shots all night.
Atlant can draw some comfort from memories of last season’s sensational fightback when it recovered a 1-3 deficit in the series to knock SKA out. But back then wily coach Milos Riha was in charge of the Mytishchi club, not SKA.
(2) Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 0
(3) Dynamo Moscow 1
Dynamo lead the series 1-0
Dynamo continued its winning post-season run with a hard-fought 1-0 success at Torpedo. Sergei Soin got the decisive goal on 24:07 to ensure the Blue-and-Whites returned to action with a victory following a 4-0 series whitewash of Dinamo Minsk in the previous stage.
Goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko maintained his position as the top stopper of the play-offs with another clean sheet, making 21 saves to keep Torpedo at bay.