Avangard Omsk 6 Dynamo Moscow 4 SO (0-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-0, 1-0; Dynamo won 4-3 in regulation)
The Muscovites were without last season’s leading scorers, Vadim Shipachyov and Dmitrij Jaskin, while Dmitry Kagarlitsky also missed out following his return to the club in the summer. But that paved the way for Teemu Pulkkinen to shine. The Finn, playing on a line with another newcomer, Oskar Lindberg, had a hand in all four Dynamo goals.
Pulkkinen started off with an assist as Andrei Mironov opened the scoring late in the first period. Then he scored twice himself in the second, the first off an assist from Lindberg. However, that 3-0 lead was not as comfortable as it looked. Avangard rallied to tie the game on goals from Arseny Gritsyuk, Maxim Mizyurin and Maxim Chudinov. But with 90 seconds left, Pulkkinen completed his hat-trick when a great diagonal feed from Andrei Sergeyev picked out the Finn on the left-hand dot.
By prior agreement, the teams would play a full five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime, and during those extras, Avangard had the better of things. The home team scored twice, through Alexander Khokhlachyov and Sergei Tolchinsky. Then, in the shoot-out, Tolchinsky was on form again, converting his attempt in fine style with a shot through his own legs to give the Hawks the edge in that section as well.