WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
(4) HC Sochi 2
(5) Dynamo Moscow 3
Dynamo leads the series 2-0
Dynamo holds all the cards in this playoff first round series after picking up a second win on the road at Sochi. Goals from Daniil Tarasov, Vladimir Bryukvin and Maxim Karpov were good enough to send the Blue-and-Whites back to Moscow with a 2-0 advantage in the series.
However, Sochi will look back at an incident late in the first period that could have changed the direction of the game. The scores were tied at 1-1 when Andre Petersson forced his shot past Alexander Yeryomenko from an acute angle but the goal was ruled out by the video official because the first 20 minutes were already complete.
Things got worse for Sochi midway through the second period when Bryukvin made it 2-1. The forward collected a pass from Alexander Tereshchenko on the face-off spot and saw his chance to whip a wrister over Konstantin Barulin’s shoulder and into the far corner.
That snapped the 1-1 parity established when Denis Kazionov deflected a shot from former Dynamo D-Man Janne Jalasvaara past Yeryomenko to cancel out Tarasov’s early opener.
Karpov made the game safe for the visitor in the 56th minute, skating one-on-one with Barulin and winning the duel to make it 3-1. Sochi got one goal back when Mikhail Anisin fed Petersson for a marker within regulation time, but there was no time to complete the recovery.