All of a sudden, the pressure seems to be on CSKA, which is coming off a 7-game series anyways. Are they starting to wear out?
SKA sure hopes so as they host Game 6 at home tonight. Everything is decided on the ice, so there’s no reason to believe SKA shouldn’t be able to push this thing to seven. Or is CSKA too weary of that scenario to let it happen?
We’ll find out tonight!
3-2 series lead for CSKA.
Game 1: A 3-0 victory for CSKA.
Game 2: A 2-0 victory for CSKA.
Game 3: A 5-2 victory for CSKA.
Game 4: A 3-1 victory for SKA.
Game 5: A 3-2 overtime victory for SKA.
About the game
Hellberg has played 69:24 straight minutes without allowing a goal against.
Mamin has points in four straight games, going 2-2-4 over that span.
Shalunov has points in eight straight games, going 5-3-8 over that span. He has now broken Stefan Da Costa’s club playoff scoring streak record.
Podkolzin was the hero in Game 5 thanks to his two goals for SKA, including the game winner in the 114th minute of play. It was his sixth goal of the playoffs.
SKA: Marat Khusnutdinov
CSKA: Dmitri Samorukov
Defenseman Vasili Tokranov is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL assist (currently at 99).
Defenseman Igor Ozhiganov is hoping to suit up for his 500th career KHL game (currently at 499).
Forward Ivan Telegin is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).
Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck is hoping to suit up for his 200th career KHL game (currently at 199).